Certificate in Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis (LEIA)

Each class in the certificate program is 3 semester credits, which translates to 45 contact hours per semester. Each class will explore 10 – 15 different explicit topics.

Students may choose three of four classes to help provide some degree of focus for each individual’s interest as well as to add some flexibility for the enrollment schedule. If students select CJ 809 Issues in Criminal Justice as one of the classes, they must be sure they enroll in the Public/Private Partnerships in Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security section.

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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 802 – Proseminar in Law Enforcement Intelligence Operations

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

Law enforcement intelligence as an analytic tool for case development and resource allocation. Historical, ethical, legal, and operational issues affecting current practice.

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 837 – Counterterrorism and Intelligence

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

Meanings and concepts of terrorism. Nature of both domestic and international terrorist threats. Integration of intelligence and terrorism to understand counterterrorism concepts.

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.