Online Criminal Justice Administration Certificate

John Glenn College of Public Affairs

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs, in partnership with the Department of Sociology, offers a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration designed to meet the needs of working professionals. Available to those with a bachelor's degree, the 15-credit hour graduate certificate offers accessible online criminal justice administration training. The certificate serves professionals who wish to advance their careers into administrative roles in criminal justice organizations. The certificate is also perfect for professionals who are contemplating a career change to the criminal justice sector and who need the skills and knowledge to make a successful transition.

One of the benefits of the Criminal Justice Administration Certificate is that your journey can continue with the online Master of Public Administration and Leadership (MPAL). 100% of the certificate's credits may be applied into the graduate degree program, and successful completion of the certificate will satisfy the experience requirement for the MPAL. 

Campus Requirements: NONE - 100% online 

Class Format: Asynchronous, meaning that you can attend classes on your own time. 

Credit Hours Required: 15 

Cost Per Credit Hour: $812.07 (includes instructional and general fees). See the full cost breakdown here.

Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree

Admission Requirements: 

  • Statement of purpose 

  • Resume or CV 

  • College transcript(s) 

Time to Completion: 3 semesters



headshot of faculty member Paul Bellair
Paul Bellair
Professor of Sociology
"This certificate will provide experiences in evidence based practice and prisoner reentry beyond Ohio State's existing curriculum."

Sample Courses


Administration of Criminal Justice Policy

Students will become familiar with the structure of the criminal justice system and the application of public management and organizations theory to the criminal justice system.

Evidence-Based Practice in Criminal Justice

The course will focus on models for the implementation of evidence-based policy and practice, and students will gain experience developing a plan to implement evidence-based practice in an organization that is grounded in scientifically supported evidence.

Fundamentals of Budgeting & Financial Administration

Provides a high-level understanding of budgeting processes at all levels of government and in the nonprofit sector, as well as the fundamentals of public budgeting from the perspective of a manager.

Offender Decision Making and Prisoner Reentry

This course facilitates the identification of components responsible for successful and unsuccessful re-entry programs.

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