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Online Graduate Certificate in
Criminal Investigation & Restorative Justice

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Graduate Certificate in
Criminal Investigation & Restorative Justice?


The Graduate Certificate in Criminal Investigation & Restorative Justice is designed for students and working professionals alike. The courses combine academic content with "real-world" application of skills in the field of criminal investigations, and are taught by qualified, experienced instructors. The program merges the latest scientific investigative techniques with mandated changes in criminal law. You will build the knowledge to appropriately apply "hands-on" procedures for evaluating and processing crime scenes.

For the missional Christian, a career in criminal justice is an opportunity to not only infuse honor and integrity into every action taken, but also to practice biblical justice. Biblical justice is first and foremost the concept of "making right" or of restoration. This understanding of social justice is rooted in God's love and compassion for the weak, the vulnerable, the marginalized, the disenherited, the disenfranchised, and of course, the victimized. Criminal investigators serve on the side of the victimized and seek to address the injustice of their situation. So criminal investigators collect information (or evidence) about a crime in order to: (1) determine if a crime has been committed; (2) identify the perpetrator; (3) apprehend the perpetrator; and (4) provide evidence to support a conviction in court. By doing these tasks, Christian criminal investigators join in God's mission of bringing wholeness to the world.

Program Features

  • Integrated practicums allow you to gain valuable real-world experience
  • Learn from academic practitioners from around the world
  • Credits earned in this certificate program can apply to a Missional University Master's degree program

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Credits Required

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What Will I Study?

We offer the most comprehensive approach to serving communities in the mission of God.

Explores the responsibility of the church to engage in restorative justice by being a voice for the oppressed and an advocate for the poor. Students will learn contemporary models of restorative justice. Participation in analytical class discussions, research papers, and class presentations will equip the student in the theology and practice of restorative justice.

An exciting behind-the-scenes look at the workings of the police, courts, and correctional systems while equipping them with a solid understanding of criminal justice concepts. The class has an emphasis on today's criminal justice careers, offering insights from numerous professionals on the rewards and realities of their jobs. Student will use critical thinking skills to formulate, devise and evaluate these inner workings of the police, courts and correctional systems.

Comprehensive and engaging course discussing the examination of criminal investigation and the vital role that criminal evidence plays in the process.

Focuses on successful interrogation in an interview when the subject is willing to yield details freely and honestly. The interrogator/interviewer must understand the subject's motivation, the basics of effective inquiry, and techniques of ethical and legal persuasion. Focuses on recognizing the deception process.

The focus is on the principles relating to the impact of the Constitution of the United States on the admissibility of evidence (i.e. search and seizure, admissions and confessions, the right to counsel, identification procedures), and principles relating to the law enforcement professional as a witness.

This course provides an analytical framework to evaluate evidence; students will have the opportunity to manipulate strategies that could be employed within the investigative arena while also addressing and critically assessing elements that are pertinent to appropriate measures of evidence collection. The contextual strategies associated to criminal investigations and the modality that was implemented by scholars in the past will be appraised and contrasted to measures that are utilized within the industry today to provide a comparative assessment of strategy.

Criminological problems, their origins, and possible solutions are studied in a clear, practical, straightforward fashion. Students develop an understanding of today’s issues in criminology and are prepared to address and resolve the issues of tomorrow including white collar crime and corporate crime.

Optional Additional Courses

This course provides an analytical framework to evaluate policies and procedures within the investigative arena; in addition, students will be exposed to innovative measures of technology and scientific assessment strategies that are employed to conduct crime scene investigations. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the analytical evaluation of how an investigation directly affects societal standards and the perception of justice alike.

Reviews federal agencies responsible for confronting the problem, examines relevant laws and legal trends, and discusses law enforcement awareness and training. Focuses on forced mitigation and how victims are chosen.

This course will offer a comprehensive survey of sex offenders and sex offenses. The course will cover the psychological profiling of sex offenders and the ritualistic crimes they commit as well as the effect on victims. This course will provide a inimitable approach to sex crimes, deviance, through understanding of criminal behavior and analysis.

This course will examine the various facets of child abuse and neglect, both theoretical and practical. Among the topics to be covered in detail are the laws regarding child abuse and neglect, the power of the state to intervene when allegations of abuse or neglect are made, the child protective process, mandated reporting laws, the investigation into allegations of abuse and neglect, and the legal process. This course will address a broad spectrum of issues associated with abuse and neglect to include definitions of high risk families, factors that cause child maltreatment, families affected by substance abuse, emotional abuse, physical and sexual abuse, Long term effects of abuse on children and treatment and prevention will also be covered.

When Can I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates each year to give you flexibility in your education, life and work schedules.






A Career in Transforming Communities

Is this Your Mission?

Child Support Investigator, Counter Intelligence Agent, Case Investigator, Civilian Investigator, Crime Investigator Special Agent, Crime Scene Investigator (CSI), Criminal Investigative Agent, Criminal Investigator, Deputy Sheriff, Deputy United States Marshal, Detective, Detective Constable, Detective Sergeant, Digital Forensic Investigator, FBI Investigator (Federal Bureau of Investigation Investigator), FBI Special Agent (Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent), Force Priorities and Vulnerabilities Team Investigator, Gang Investigator, Intelligence Officer, Investigation Officer, Investigative Analyst, Investigator, Major Case Detective, Master Police Detective, Missing Persons Investigator, Narcotics Detective, Police Detective, Police Officer, Police Staff Investigator, Postal Inspector, Special Agent, Special Crimes Investigator, State Trooper, Undercover Cop, Unemployment Insurance Fraud Investigator, Violent Crimes Detective



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How Much Will it Cost?

We offer tuition based upon country of residence.  According to the Human Development Index, all countries around the world fall into one of four categories:
  • (Tier 1) - Very High Human Development
  • (Tier 2) High Human Development
  • (Tier 3) Medium Human Development
  • (Tier 4) Low Human Development
Our tiered global tuition makes higher education affordable for everyone world wide.


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Tiered tuition based on country of origin and scholarships available.  Find your country of residence here for more information.
Tuition may be further reduced by participating in the Sponsorship Program.