Criminal Justice Certificate

The Criminal Justice Certificate is ideal for anyone pursuing career advancement in the areas of criminal justice administration, courts, corrections, policing and security. 

Total Number of Courses 6
Total Number of Credit Hours 18 credit hours
Recommended Start Term

Students can begin this certificate in any of our 5 8-week sessions, but the most expedient way to complete the certificate would be to begin in the Fall I Session. To see how quickly you could finish this certificate view our Course Rotation schedule.

Schedule Format Courses offered in the evenings within 8 week sessions and during the day within the 16 week semester
Build to B.A. Degree Students who complete this certificate will have satisfied 5 of the course requirements for the B.A. in Criminal Justice.
Quickest Time to Complete 3 8-Week Sessions (8 months)
Transfer Credit Accepted Toward Certificate 2 courses / 6 credit hours
Course Locations Water Tower Campus –
820 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago
Lakeshore Campus –
1032 W. Sheridan Rd, Chicago
Application and Admission Requirements Application
Official transcripts from all prior institutions
2.0 GPA or higher and in good standing at all prior institutions

2015-2016 Academic Year
2016-2017 Academic Year

Certificate Requirements

  • CJC 101 The Criminal Justice System
  • CJC 202 Theories of Criminal Behavior
  • CJC 203 Policing
  • CJC 204 Corrections
  • CJC 322 Criminal Law
  • CJC 323 Criminal Procedure

Course Descriptions

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For more information

Contact us at or 312-915-6501 to schedule a meeting with one of our admissions counselors.