Online Graduate Certificate in Crime Analysis
As data-driven decision-making in criminal justice grows, so does the need for experienced crime analysts. Arizona State University’s crime analysis certificate allows you to grow your skill set, preparing you for future careers in the public and private sector.
Next start date: 03/13/2023
Total classes: 5
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 15
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What is crime analysis in the field of criminology?
Crime analysts gather, process and analyze criminal data to determine trends in behavior, location and more. Crime analysts learn how to draw conclusions from collected data relevant to the world of criminology, allowing law enforcement to use their resources more effectively.
The crime analysis certificate is for criminal justice practitioners who want to gain more experience or for those who wish to update their current skill set. A certification in crime analysis can also complement a criminal justice graduate student’s curriculum with an emphasis on identifying and analyzing patterns and trends in crime and disorder. Graduates often find employment in government agencies at the local, state or federal level. Crime analysts may also go on to work in the private sector.
What will I learn in a crime analysis certificate?
In our crime analysis certificate program, you’ll learn about the collection and analysis of data related to criminal justice. You’ll acquire skills such as crime mapping, statistical tools in crime analysis, social networking and data management. Students can expect to take on academically challenging courses that include both qualitative and quantitative analyses of crime data that use tools such as geographic information system software, social network analysis software and systematic processing of criminal intelligence. Statistics are also an important aspect of this program.
Do I need a background in criminal justice to enroll in this certificate?
You don’t need a background in criminal justice to enroll in this certificate. However, this program is ideal for students who have a bachelor's degree in criminal justice or criminology. Related fields such as sociology with a focus in probability and statistics are also applicable to this program. Overall, students who are currently studying criminology, criminal justice, public administration and other similar fields who would like to specialize in crime analysis will benefit from this program.
Crime analysis certificate courses
Students in the crime analysis certificate have the opportunity to study with some of the most prestigious faculty in the world, learning from those who have developed and trained crime analysts for U.S. law enforcement agencies, the United Nations Development Program and the United States Agency for International Development. Examples of courses include:
Seminar in Crime Analysis
Criminal Justice Planning and Program Evaluation
Applied Data Analysis in Criminal Justice
Seminar in Policing
What can I do with a certificate in crime analysis?
Graduates from this program can find jobs with local law enforcement, courts, prosecutor’s offices and other government organizations. You’ll also be well-equipped for jobs in the Department of Homeland Security, which includes Customs and Border Protection, the Secret Service and other agencies. Some crime analysts can also find employment with private companies that work alongside law enforcement, emergency response and information technology. Careers options include but are not limited to:
Apply to earn a certificate in crime analysis
Applicants to the crime analysis graduate certificate must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions. Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in criminology or criminal justice or another closely related field from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants who have an academic background in an unrelated area may be considered for provisional admission.
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