The Certificate in Crime Analysis is a one-year, online-only program consisting of 25 credit hours. Crime analysts typically perform detailed statistical analyses of crime data, prepare periodic reports on criminal activity and trends, identify emerging crime patterns, and communicate their findings to a variety of internal and external audiences. They may analyze a wide variety of data including arrests, convictions, known criminal associates, and other criminal intelligence data in order to explore relationships and identify patterns and correlations in support of investigative efforts. These data come from diverse sources, including existing agency databases, financial and telecommunications records, and the Internet.
Crime analysts must be skilled in manipulating data and creating relational databases that can accommodate a wide variety of data formats and sources. Crime analysts may also be called upon to design and execute managerial and administrative studies forecasting personnel, budgeting, and other resource needs. They may also conduct citizen surveys of crime victimization, satisfaction with police services, and perceptions of departmental performance. They need to have broad knowledge in law enforcement operations, criminological theory, statistics, research methods, and relevant computer technology. They need good critical thinking skills, logic and reasoning ability. Finally, effective writing and presentation skills are essential for crime analysts.
The program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis, with part-time students completing in two years. All students enrolled in the certificate program take a series of required foundation courses (19 credits), and elective courses (6 credits) on data management and analysis, terrorism, and intelligence analysis.
NOTE: Up to 10 (of the 25) Certificate in Crime Analysis credits (with the CRJS prefix only/excluding IS 566 , IS 567 , ECON 566) will apply to the MACJ degree if a student completing the certificate program is admitted to the MACJ degree program upon completion of the certificate program. MACJ graduates and MACJ current students who wish to complete the Certificate in Crime Analysis in addition to the MACJ degree may count up to 10 credits of CRJS courses included in the MACJ degree program toward the Certificate in Crime Analysis
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Learn more about our Crime Analysis Certificate and the Criminal Justice Department in our Graduate e-newsletter, the Crime Blotter.