2019-2020 Graduate Bulletin

Criminal Investigation, Advanced Certificate

Program Coordinator: Professor Jeff Mellow

The Advanced Certificate in Criminal Investigation Program is designed for students who wish to engage in research, become homeland security professionals at local, state or federal levels, or join U.S. agencies concerned with criminal investigation.

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Constitution as it relates to criminal investigations
  • Apply the rules and ethics of evidence to case studies
  • Use the rules and ethics of crime scene investigation to analyze diverse examples of crime scenes.

The Advanced Certificate in Criminal Investigation is an interdisciplinary program. All courses are offered by the Master of Arts program in Criminal Justice. This is a stand-alone certificate at the post-baccalaureate level. A student may pursue the advanced certificate independent of a master’s program or while pursuing a John Jay master’s degree.

This certificate may also be completed fully online. 

Requirements for the Advanced Certificate

Required Courses

CRJ 708Law, Evidence and Ethics


CRJ 733The Constitution and Criminal Justice


CRJ 751Crime Scene Investigation


Elective Courses

Select one of the following:

CRJ 745Legal Aspects of Undercover Activity


CRJ 753Investigating Cybercrime


CRJ 762Investigation of Violent Crime


Total Credit Hours: 0-12

For additional information about the Advanced Certificate Program, please contact Professor Jeff Mellow at 212.237.8035 or jmellow@jjay.cuny.edu.