Certificate in International Focus

The School of Criminal Justice has created a three-course online certificate program that allows working professionals and graduate students to enhance their knowledge base in international aspects and to further their career or academic plans.

Courses are offered entirely online, and are taught by the same faculty members who are involved in the on-campus program. A number of online support services are available to assist students.

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Courses are available to the following persons:

  • Current MSU graduate students who are enrolled in on-campus or online programs
  • Practitioners and others who wish to earn credits toward a related degree program at MSU or another institution (Lifelong Education)
  • Anyone who wishes to earn a certificate for professional development and career enhancement (Lifelong Education)

Program Requirements

Application for Online Certificate

Once students enroll in their third 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 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 822 – Comparative Criminal Justice

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

Globalization, crime causation, measurement, and control in comparative and cross-national contexts. Nature of policing, courts, and corrections in select countries.

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 838 – Terrorism

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

Origins, history, and mutable definitions of terrorism. Ideologies, organizational features, and state responses. Influential contemporary and historical terrorist movements. Force multipliers and media.

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.