Why study Crime Analysis and Prevention?

The Graduate Certificate in Crime Analysis and Prevention allows students the opportunity to learn about the development of new information technology, crime reduction and prevention strategies, and ways to address challenging public safety issues. Law enforcement organizations have increasingly started to rely on crime analysis and prevention more than ever before.

The certificate in Crime Analysis and Prevention is a specialization within the CECH School of Criminal Justice that provides students with the conceptual knowledge and technical, analytical skills required of crime analysis and prevention professionals. These skills are also valuable for police officers and managers who may be required to make decisions on the basis of information from analysis of crime patterns.

This certificate will enhance students’ educational experiences by providing a better understanding of the field of crime analysis and prevention. Crime analysis and prevention is an emerging subfield within law enforcement that requires practitioners to have specialized knowledge and skills. Like many other fields, crime analysis and prevention has emerged as law enforcement organizations have realized that using data and information can improve their effectiveness. Effective crime analysis and prevention education requires a focus on both conceptual knowledge as well as the implementation of advanced analytical skills; often in nuanced computer programs.

Admission Requirements

Students already enrolled in the Criminal Justice Master of Science program must be in good academic standing according to the School of Criminal Justice and Graduate School Handbooks.

The requirements for non-matriculated students are:

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Brief Statement of Purpose
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts used for admissions review. Official academic transcripts required when offered admission
  • Baccalaureate Degree from an Accredited Academic Institution

These application materials will be systematically reviewed by the School of Criminal Justice graduate admissions committee to ensure that the student will be able to meet the standards in the certificate courses.

Graduates of this program will be prepared for the careers listed below. All opportunities may not be listed. 

In order to graduate from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, a student must:

  • Complete all required course work and program requirements.
  • Be in good academic standing; that is, not on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • File formal application for the degree by the posted semester of graduation deadline.

International Students must submit TOEFL scores in alignment with the Graduate School requirements.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Office of Recruitment
PO BOX 210014
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-6308

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