Graduate Certificate in Crime Analysis and Prevention

Graduate Certificate in Crime Analysis and Prevention
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University of Cincinnati’s online Crime Analysis and Prevention graduate certificate in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program is specifically designed to supply individuals with a strengthened knowledge of the intricacies and fundamentals of law enforcement and crime prevention. The curriculum provides students access to a diverse set of core courses dealing with basic theories and practices, while additional elective courses give students the opportunity to focus on other topics of interest, such as applied crime prevention and police effectiveness. This certificate is ideal for individuals looking to begin or enhance their careers in law enforcement agencies, as well as in other public service organizations that develop and implement programs that help communities respond to local crime and disorder problems.


Our online Master’s in Criminal Justice program is ranked 12th best in the country for 2024 by U.S. News & World Report.

Program Objectives

By graduation, students will be prepared for what’s next. Below are the student learning objectives for this certificate.

  • Students will articulate the “mechanics” and theory underlying the implementation of various crime prevention and policing strategies.
  • Students will critically analyze the evidence regarding the effectiveness and/or limitations of various crime prevention and policing strategies.
  • Students will organize and manage various types of crime data.
  • Students will learn and perform analyses to identify important patterns in crime data.  These include crime scripting analysis and identification of “hot spots.”
  • Students will identify interventions that have a reasonable chance of reducing crime—given the results of their analyses.
  • Students will assess the impact of crime reduction strategies using the analytic techniques that they have learned.


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