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graduate certificates


The department offers three graduate certificates in criminal justice:
  • Criminal Justice Management

  • Criminal Justice Studies

  • Homeland Security



These certificates are designed for students and working professionals who want to increase their knowledge and develop competencies in the areas of criminal causality, criminal law, police management, policy, correctional settings, and/or national security. 

Who is eligible? –Any applicant who has successfully completed an Undergraduate program (any discipline) from a fully accredited college or university.


All courses are available 100% online and each course is five (5) weeks in length.

Criminal Justice Management

This certificate is designed to attract student practitioners seeking to advance within the decision-making and leadership roles within their field. The courses in this plan focus on management and policy issues. This certificate is ideal for anyone who wishes to specialize in management issues, such as evaluating, planning, organizing, staffing, directing, coordinating, reporting, and budgeting. 

Please visit this LINK for Criminal Justice Management certificate requirements.

Criminal Justice Studies

This certificate is designed for anyone who seeks to gain general knowledge in the field, whether you are new to concepts in criminal justice or are currently working in the criminal justice field. The flexibility of this certificate allows for a great deal of latitude in customizing courses to suit individual professional interests.

Please visit this LINK for Criminal Justice Studies certificate requirements.

Homeland Security

This certificate is designed to attract members outside traditional criminal justice fields. Students will gain a broad understanding of homeland security issues while enhancing leadership capabilities among those who currently work in local, state, and federal government and others who are interested in gaining greater knowledge about the field of homeland security. This certificate focuses on homeland security concepts, applicable management principles, policy analysis, and the enhancement of critical thinking skills necessary to successfully address security challenges within the United States. 

Please visit this LINK for Homeland Security certificate requirements.


  • Ensure you complete the required coursework for the certificate.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA in each course required for the certificate. This means you cannot earn less than a B in a course that is required for the certificate.
  • After you complete all the requirements (if you are also enrolled in a graduate program, this may be done before you complete your graduate degree) complete this electronic FORM. This will ensure that the name of the certificate is listed on your official transcripts. The Graduate School will also mail your certificate to the address provided on the above form.


We do not have an application deadline. 

New Student Graduate Certificate Application Process:

New students applying for a Graduate Certificate: click the Apply Texas application link and complete a Graduate Certificate application. In Apply Texas you will be asked to select your "Major Area of Interest/Specialty." This is where you will select the graduate certificate you wish to pursue.

Current Student Graduate Certificate Application Process: 

Current A&M-Commerce Graduate Students may add a Graduate Certificate to their plan of study by submitting a Graduate Certificate Admission Request Application.

Keep two things in mind about pursuing a graduate certificate:

  • Students only pursuing a certificate are not eligible for financial aid.
  • International students need admission in a graduate program to pursue a certificate.
  • Application
  • Application Fee $50 domestic/$75 international
  • Official Bachelor’s Transcripts
  • Additional items required for international students


Upon completion of the certificate program, the 12 hours earned will count toward a Master of Science in Applied Criminology (MSAC) and, at that point, newly declared graduate students can qualify to lock in their tuition rates for Two (2) years.