Police Certification Concentration

The Police Certification Concentration is a combined four year Bachelor’s degree and one year Master’s degree program in Criminal Justice. Upon completion of the program students will also be certified by the Massachusetts Police Training Committee (MPTC). This is a five year program with hands-on police academy instruction taking place in spring/summer sessions. Students who are certified by the MPTC can seek employment with any Massachusetts municipal police department and in some other states. Accepted students must follow the Code of Conduct for the MPTC Academy.

Required courses in Police Certification:

  • CJ 2000 - Intro to Criminal Justice
  • CJ 2050 - Principles and Practices of Law Enforcement+
  • CJ 2650 - Correctional Theory and Practice
  • CJ 2651 - Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 3130 - Criminal Justice research Methods
  • CJ 3135 - Advanced Criminal Justice Research Methods
  • CJ 3140 - Criminal Justice Data Analysis
  • CJ 3141 - Innovative Practices in Policing
  • CJ 3242 - Psychology of Crime
  • CJ 3250 - Crime and Delinquency Prevention
  • CJ 3750 - Colloquium
  • CJ/POLS 2270 - Intro to the Legal Process
  • POLS 2700 - Criminal Procedure: The Rights of the Accused
  • SOC 2750 - Criminology
  • CJ XXXX - Criminal Investigation

Elective Courses:

  • CJ 2550 - Criminal Law
  • CJ 2600 - Juvenile Justice
  • CJ 3000 - Domestic Terrorism and Hate Crimes
  • CJ 3053 - Victimology
  • CJ 3100 - Organized Crimes and Youth Gangs
  • CJ XXXX - Legal Issues for Police (New Course)
  • Three free electives