Graduate Programs

Graduate Certificates

The graduate program offers six, 12-credit certificates that are designed to meet the diverse needs of criminal justice professionals: 

For the latest requirements, course of study and course information please visit the UMass Lowell on-line Graduate Academic Catalog

Certificate Requirements

  • Univeristy regulations do not allow transfer of class(es) from another institution for the graduate certificate program. 
  • Classes may count for both the Master's degree and one certificate program. The same class can not be used for two different certificates. 
  • The CRIM prefix pertains to on-campus courses, while the 44 prefix identitifies online courses.
  • Please refer to the Criminal Justice Admissions Requirements for more information about entering the program.
  • For more information about the graduate program, please contact the CJGradAdvisor@uml.edu

Criminal Justice Informatics   

Contact the CJGradAdvisor@uml.edu

Criminal justice agencies are increasingly relying on computer technology for many tasks including administration, allocation of resources, criminal investigation, and research. This change has created a growing demand for criminal justice students with computer and information technology (IT) skills. This certificate program is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to meet the growing technology demands in this field by emphasizing courses in computer applications, information management, and quantitative research. The certificate courses come from a variety of disciplines within the university to provide students with varied experiences. 

Students who develop the IT skills emphasized in these courses will be very marketable to prospective employers. 

Course of Study

Domestic Violence Prevention 

Coordinators: CJGradAdvisor@uml.edu   Dr. Khanh Dinh, Psychology csp@uml.edu

Domestic violence is one of the major social and public health problems in the Commonwealth. The existing degree programs in Criminal Justice, Community Social Psychology, and the programs in the School of Health and Environment each offer relevant courses which facilitate their graduates working with agencies and clients affected by domestic violence. This certificate provides a focused program for those working in settings where domestic violence is an issue. Courses may be applied to the relevant department's Master's program with the approval of the department's graduate coordinator.

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Forensic Criminology 

Contact the CJGradAdvisor@uml.edu

This certificate is designed for students with current or potential careers in the fields of criminal justice, nursing/public health, law and paralegal studies, psychology, and social work who wish to expand their expertise in forensic criminology including mental health applications. Students in this program focus on populations being served by state and federal court systems, state and federal correctional systems, law enforcement agencies, mental health facilities, and juvenile facilities. Students are able to choose from a variety of courses appropriate for their own specific professional needs. 

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Leadership & Policy Development

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This graduate certificate provides a focused program for criminal justice managers and administrators. This specialized education will increase the knowledge and skills necessary to administer the delivery of high quality and cost effective services. This program is designed to respond to the changes taking place in the criminal justice field which now require up-to-date management skills.

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Security Studies 

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This graduate-level certificate program addresses the increasing global and local concern involving security issues. 

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Victims' Studies 

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Graduate Certificate in Victims’ Studies provides multidisciplinary specialized knowledge of crime victim issues, crime victims’ rights, and formal responses to victims so that students may apply that knowledge within their own professional context. Completion of the certificate provides students with the background to understand strengths and limitations of current responses to crime victims so they can be a part of initiatives and programs to prevent crime victimization, be prepared to engage in research and evaluation focused on crime victims’ issues, and respond effectively to victims of crime in a culturally appropriate manner. 

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