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Global Justice and Security Certificate — 100% Online
Global criminal activity has increased to unprecedented levels over the last three decades, and transnational organized crime groups have reaped the benefits of the ability to operate beyond national borders. In response, international security organizations and national criminal justice agencies have intensified their collaborative effort to stop and prevent transnational criminal activities around the world.
Would you like to assist in these enforcement efforts? Through Penn State World Campus, you can complete this online certificate program in one year and gain an understanding of:
- how international criminal justice organizations work
- police organizations and how they handle global terrorism
- transnational crime, including counterfeit goods and firearm, human, and drug trafficking
Credits earned in this certificate can be applied to the Master of Professional Studies in Criminal Justice Policy and Administration, if you apply and are admitted to the program.
Who Should Apply?
This certificate program is open to candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree. Designed mainly for working professionals, Penn State’s online Graduate Certificate in Global Justice and Security program is ideal for both domestic and international criminal justice practitioners who desire to expand their knowledge and skills in global justice and security issues to advance their careers in international security.
Online Education at Penn State
Penn State has a history of more than 100 years of distance education and more than two decades of experience in online learning. We create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus.
Information for Military and Veterans
Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions.
The 9-credit Graduate Certificate in Global Justice and Security prepares leaders to identify and mitigate international and transnational crime and global terrorism. The credits earned in this certificate can be rolled into the Master of Professional Studies in Criminal Justice Policy and Administration, if you apply and are accepted into the program.
Required Courses (9 credits)
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Costs and Financial Aid
Graduate tuition is calculated based on the number of credits for which you register. Tuition is due shortly after each semester begins and rates are assessed every semester of enrollment.
|How many credits do you plan to take per semester?||Cost|
|11 or fewer||$1,007 per credit|
|12 or more||$12,082 per semester|
Financial Aid and Military Benefits
Some students may qualify for financial aid. Take the time to research financial aid, scholarships, and payment options as you prepare to apply. Military service members, veterans, and their spouses or dependents should explore these potential military education benefits and financial aid opportunities, as well.
Paying for Your Certificate
Students pursuing a certificate are considered "nondegree," a status that is not eligible for federal student aid, including the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program. A private alternative loan may be an option to consider.
Additionally, Penn State offers many ways to pay for your education, including an installment plan and third-party payments. Penn State World Campus also offers an Employer Reimbursement and Tuition Deferment Plan. Learn more about the options for paying for your education.
Students pursuing a degree and meeting all other eligibility requirements may qualify for financial aid.
How to Apply
Deadlines and Important Dates
We must receive your completed degree application, including all application materials, by the following deadlines:
- Summer Deadline: Apply by March 31 to start May 15
- Fall Deadline: Apply by July 31 to start August 21
- Spring Deadline: Apply by December 11, 2023, to start January 8, 2024
Decisions will follow shortly after these semester deadlines.
For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.
What You Need
Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need to upload the following items as part of your application
Official transcripts from each institution attended, regardless of the number of credits or semesters completed. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Penn State alumni do not need to request transcripts for credits earned at Penn State, but must list Penn State as part of your academic history. If you are admitted, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time.
GPA and Test Scores — Postsecondary (undergraduate), junior/senior (last two years) GPA is required.
GRE or GMAT scores are NOT required for admission.
English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. With some exceptions, international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Proficiency section on the Graduate School's "Requirements for Graduate Admission" page. Visit the TOEFL website for testing information. Penn State's institutional code is 2660.
Start Your Application
You can begin your online application at any time. Your progress within the online application system will be saved as you go, allowing you to return at any point as you gather additional information and required materials.
Begin the graduate school application
Choose Enrollment Type: "Certificate Admission"
Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
Choose "Global Justice and Security (GLISSC_GCT)" as the certificate
Checking Your Status
You can check the status of your application by using the same login information established for the online application form.
Review the technical requirements for this degree program.
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You can use the knowledge gained from this program and the support of Penn State career resources to pursue careers in a variety of fields, depending on your goals.
To learn more about the Graduate Certificate in Global Justice and Security, offered in partnership with the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts Department of Sociology and Criminology and the Penn State Harrisburg School of Public Affairs, please contact:
World Campus Admissions Counselors
Email: [email protected]
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Emily R. StrohackerDegreePh.D., Sociology, University of Central Florida
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Jeffrey T. UlmerDegreePh.D., Sociology, Penn State
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