Crime Analysis and Prevention


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.

Prospective students should complete the UC Graduate School online application for admission. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required materials and support documents are successfully submitted. Incomplete applications will not be processed or reviewed. 

Admission Requirements include:

  • A baccalaureate degree (any major) from an accredited institution
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Brief statement of purpose
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts from all previous institutions attended

Upon completion of the certificate, students will have the introductory knowledge necessary for work in the crime analysis and prevention subfield within law enforcement organizations.

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

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted continuously throughout the year, with three enrollment periods.

Fall Semester application deadline: July 15

Spring Semester application deadline: December 1

Summer Semester application deadline: April 15

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

Contact Information

Betsy Yeakle
2610 University Circle
School of Criminal Justice
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-1819

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Program Code: 18GC-CAPREV-GC