Dr. Elaine Gunnison
Graduate Program Director
Dr. Jacqueline Helfgott
Director of Graduate Admissions
L. Devin MacKrell
Administrative Assistant for Graduate Program
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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There is a critical need for crime analysts. Their work enhances our ability to effectively and efficiently utilize our resources to improve public safety in our communities.