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.
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)
To obtain the certificate, students must successfully complete three of the following courses:
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
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
Special issues in criminal justice research and management.
CJ 837 – Counterterrorism and Intelligence
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for help.