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Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Leadership

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Enhance your leadership skillset & spearhead systematic change

From community policing and crime prevention to prison overcrowding and reentry, solutions to reform the criminal justice system for the 21st century will require forward-thinking leadership.

Earning a certificate in Criminal Justice Leadership equips you with an in-field credential that prepares you to build specialized knowledge quickly so that you can be a change agent in the dynamic field of criminal justice. The accelerated, convenient format means you can complete your coursework in as few as six months without taking time away from your job.

Taught by seasoned professionals within the criminal justice industry, the certificate curriculum provides you with a holistic view of criminal justice systems – from how policy is made to the impact of laws and how they are enforced. Recognized for excellence in online instruction, courses are embedded with interactive learning tools and emphasize on-the-job challenges to facilitate learning.

Build the knowledge you need for advancement

Get practical insight to help you stand out and be recognized. Real world examples – like a pill mill case study – will illustrate how the entire criminal justice system operates – including the roles of a judge, prosecutor, witnesses and the application of the RICO statute.  And if you think teaching may be in your future, completing this certificate could help satisfy the educational requirements needed to become a criminal justice instructor.

Dig deep into relevant issues & strategies impacting law enforcement

Learn to create new strategies by examining and evaluating trending topics in the Criminal Justice field from data-driven and evidence-based practice perspectives. Prosecutorial discretion, use of force, intelligence-led policing, community partnerships and behavior analysis are just some of the subjects you’ll study when forming new strategic approaches. You will also learn to employ problem-based learning to explore ethical leadership principles and their relationship to legal and regulatory issues within criminal justice.

Earn a certificate created & taught by industry experts

You’ll benefit by learning from instructors who are successful professionals with robust experience in Criminal Justice-related fields, including law enforcement. And because our curriculum is aligned with national standards set by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) and reviewed by a highly-accomplished advisory board, you can be sure the Criminal Justice Leadership Certificate is designed to align with industry standards.

Get a head start on your master’s degree at Franklin

All 16 credits earned as part of the Criminal Justice Leadership certificate transfer toward the credits required for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) with Criminal Justice Administration pathway. This is a great way for you to become familiar with graduate-level courses and see if a master’s degree is right for you without committing to a whole program of study right away. Moreover, because there’s no GRE requirement with a GPA of 2.75 or higher, you can get started right away.

Finish your criminal justice certificate online in six months

Quickly learn what you need to build your knowledge and position yourself for success. Because Franklin University specializes in meeting the educational needs of ambitious professionals, our entire program is designed to be completed online in six months so you don't need to re-arrange your life around your education. Furthermore, if you’ve completed the Certified Law Enforcement Executive Program (CLEE), you can transfer in four credits toward your certificate requirements and finish even faster.

Career Opportunities

  • Law Enforcement Officer

    Law Enforcement Officers prevent, detect, and investigate criminal activity, apprehending violators, making arrests, and responding to emergencies.

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  • Corrections Manager

    Corrections Managers direct and coordinate activities within correctional facilities, maintain security, and ensure the safety of staff, prisoners and visitors.

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  • Court Administrator

    Court Administrators assist in managing daily operations of a courthouse, including records and jury management, fines collection, budgets, and court personnel.

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  • Juvenile Corrections Administrator

    Juvenile Corrections Administrators enforce and ensure discipline in juvenile detention facilities, maintaining the safety and security of detained and convicted youth.

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  • Police Chief

    Police Chiefs oversee all operations of a police department, including administration, personnel, policy development, and delivery of police service to the community.

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  • Probation Officer

    Probation Officers meet with, monitor and report on the activities of convicted criminals sentenced to a period of supervision, ensuring they meet the conditions of probation.

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Employment Outlook

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Our Recipe For Your Success

Academic & Industry Experts

Classes are taught and designed by credentialed professionals with real-world experience.

  • Programs are designed by combining the insight of industry leaders with the academic expertise of our faculty, ensuring what you learn translates into on-the-job success.

  • Academic concepts and theories are brought to life through our teaching faculty’s professional expertise, and can be immediately applied in your career.

  • Faculty with industry experience teach our courses, not graduate students or life-time academics, so you learn not only the theories behind the practice but also how to apply them in real-world situations.

Relevant & Consistent Curriculum

What you learn is a reflection of the program you choose, not the format in which it’s applied.

  • All programs are designed for learning outcomes to flow from the program level into actual coursework.

  • This top-down approach allows credentialed professionals to customize assignments based on trending industry topics without deviating from a program’s core outcomes.

  • Regardless of your professor or the format of your class, you receive the same quality education.

Hands-On Learning Experience

Franklin's coursework teaches not only theories and concepts, but also how they apply to practical situations.


  • Professional course designers ensure that class activities such as learning simulations, case studies, interactive videos, and group exercises are relevant and appropriate.

  • A curriculum development team is dedicated to making sure all courses are intuitively designed so content is taught in a logical manner that facilitates your success in the classroom and beyond.

Continuously Evolving Programs

Consistent program reviews ensure our programs stay at the forefront of industry trends.

  • Survey results and feedback from student and faculty assessments are reviewed regularly so that our programs are always improving and up-to-date.

  • A structured review process helps identify industry gaps that guide curriculum enhancements allowing our academic and industry experts to regularly implement new industry trends.

  • Regular assessment provides hard data that is used to improve student learning and teaching methods.

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