New Online Crime Analysis Certificate Program Starts in September

Written by Laura Paskin
July 18, 2014

The Criminal Justice Department is offering an online-only, 25-credit crime analysis certificate beginning Fall 2014. The program is designed for individuals who have a baccalaureate degree and are seeking professional training for a career in the criminal justice system.

Crime analysts plan an important role in criminal justice agencies. They typically perform detailed statistical analyses of crime data, prepare periodic reports on criminal activity and trends and identify emerging crime patterns. They may prepare and analyze citizen surveys of crime victimization, satisfaction with police services, and perceptions of departmental performance.  Using a variety of agency data including arrests, convictions, known criminal associates, and other criminal intelligence data, they explore relationships and identify patterns and correlations in support of investigative efforts.

“Crime analysts provide data analysis that informs top management on programs, services, and efficient and effective practices,” said Criminal Justice Professor Elaine Gunnison, director of the certificate program. “This requires a broad knowledge of law enforcement operations, criminological theory, statistics, research methods, and relevant computer technology.”

The online Crime Analysis Certificate Program (CACP) can be completed in one year. All students take courses in statistics, research methods, crime mapping, data and intelligence analysis, criminology theory, and crime assessment. Electives address a variety of issues, including terrorism, homeland security, typologies of crime and criminal behavior, and data mining for business intelligence.

Students begin the certificate program in the fall of each year. The program is still accepting applications for Fall 2014. Complete program and application information is available on the program website here. .

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers B.A., B.S., and M.A. degrees in Criminal Justice in addition to the post-baccalaureate certificate in crime analysis.