Certificate in Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection

The certificate is an expanded program to assist working professionals and graduate students seeking a well-rounded foundation in anti-counterfeiting and product protection. The topics extend from intellectual infringement counterfeiting to focus on the underlying criminology theories, but also cover the broad product protection field including diversion, tamper-resistance, child-resistance, cargo theft, shoplifting, return and warranty fraud.

See below or visit a-capp.msu.edu for more information.

Program Requirements

To obtain the certificate, students must successfully complete the following coursework:

Required Course

and three 3-credit electives.
Sample electives include:

To obtain the certificate, you must successfully complete 1 required course and 3 elective courses as approved by Dr. Jeremy Wilson. Please contact Dr. Wilson at jwilson@msu.edu with your program plan.

Application for Online Certificate

Once students enroll in their fourth class, they will need to fill out an application for the certificate. After enrollment and passing grades are confirmed, the certificate will be mailed to the address provided.

Description of Courses

CJ 801 – Crime Causation, Prevention, and Control

Credits: 3 | Offered: On-campus Fall, online Spring
 | Available To: Graduate Online Certificate

Theories of crime causation. Translation of theory to policy.

CJ 809 – Issues in Criminal Justice

Credits: 1-4 | Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer
 | Available To: Graduate Online Certificate

Special issues in criminal justice research and management.

CJ 823 – Globalization of Crime

Credits: 3 | Offered: Fall of even years
 | Available To: Graduate Online Certificate

International crimes and organized crime. Trafficking in women, children, and body parts. Related problems that transcend national boundaries, such as firearm violence, money laundering, and corruption.

CJ 890 – Independent Study

Credits: 1-6 | Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer
 | Available To: Graduate Online Certificate

Individual research and writing under faculty supervision.

HM 833 – Introduction to Pharmaceutical Counterfeiting and Public Health

Credits: 3 | Offered: Fall of odd years
 | Available To: Graduate Online Certificate

General principles of counterfeiting, counterfeit pharmaceuticals, and how they affect public health. Scope, policy, supply chain management, and health effects are examined using current case examples.

VM 813 – Special Studies in Food Safety

Credits: 3 | Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer
 | Available To: Graduate Online Certificate

Faculty-supervised independent study on an experimental, theoretical, or applied project. May involve on-campus or off-campus experience.

VM 814 – Packaging for Food Safety

Credits: 3 | Offered: Summer
 | Available To: Graduate Online Certificate

Current issues in packaging and food safety.

VM 821 – Food Protection and Defense

Credits: 3 | Offered: Fall
 | Available To: Graduate Online Certificate

Food systems and criminal justice approaches to prepare for and solve issues relating to food safety and defense.

Program Documents

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are not enrolled in a degree-granting program at Michigan State University, you will need to enroll as a Lifelong Education student. You will find information about Lifelong Education at reg.msu.edu under the Enrollment & Registration tab.

Lifelong Education students will need assistance enrolling, and can contact Melissa Christle at 517-353-7133 or burrier@msu.edu for help.

The tuition rate can be found here. Click on Resident or non-Resident, then scroll to see Graduate Lifelong Education tuition rate in the Graduate Student section.