Open Calendar
A judges gavel and law books


Click to print this page

Policy and Planning Graduate Certificate

Learn how to lead organizations in the criminal justice field with the Policy and Planning graduate certificate from the University of Central Missouri. Take control of your career and propel yourself into a more managerial or administrative role through this graduate program by learning to think about the big picture for criminal justice organizations.

You’ll learn short- and long-term planning skills, personnel management and more from highly experienced faculty who have more than 35 years of experience in criminal justice administration. They’ll share their first-hand knowledge with you to make sure you’re prepared to advance in your career after you earn your graduate certificate.

Online graduate program in Policy and Planning

You’ll also benefit from the program’s flexibility through asynchronous online courses that allow you maintain your other personal commitments while focusing on your education.

A calendar and a clock

Complete in as little as one year

A laptop

Fully online program

A person climbing a hill towards a goal

Become a leader in criminal justice

a process icon

Credits may apply to a master’s degree

What you will study

UCM’s Policy and Planning graduate certificate program provides you with targeted, foundational knowledge that helps you better understand the administrative side of the criminal justice field. You’ll learn how to develop and act on strategic plans, manage and inspire personnel, assess and develop criminal justice policy, analyze data and balance the investigative and administrative sides of criminal justice organizations. 

To earn your Policy and Planning graduate certificate, you’ll take the following four core courses:

  • Administration in Criminal Justice
  • Crime Analysis
  • Criminal Justice Planning
  • Philosophy and Policy


Unique learning opportunities in policy and planning

The University of Central Missouri’s Policy and Planning graduate certificate program gives you the opportunity to take your education outside the classroom through hands-on projects. You can participate in practical field work that gets you involved with criminal justice organizations in the community. You’ll use what you’ve learned in the graduate program to help a facility or organization identify its goals and develop or strengthen its strategic plan to help it operate more effectively and efficiently.


What can you do with a graduate certificate in Policy and Planning from UCM?

Use your Policy and Planning graduate certificate from the University of Central Missouri to move up in your current job or set out on a new career path in the criminal justice field. Graduates of the program will be qualified to work in managerial and administrative roles such as mid-level law enforcement management, correctional administration, mid-level public entity administration and command-level law enforcement.

Expand your expertise

If you choose to continue your education, you may be able to apply the courses you take in this graduate certificate program to a master’s degree, allowing you to further enhance and expand your expertise. Courses required for this certificate can be applied to the Criminal Justice and Criminology, MS Area 2: Criminal Justice Administration and Leadership, meaning you are one step closer to achieving your education goals. 

Careers in policy and planning

Use the interactive tool below to explore potential careers that pair well with a Policy and Planning graduate certificate. Learn about job growth, salary projections and more.




Financial assistance options for your Policy and Planning graduate certificate

If you choose to earn your Policy and Planning graduate certificate from the University of Central Missouri, you’ll be getting a high-value education at a price you can afford. UCM offers some of the most affordable tuition in the state, and our support in helping our students finance their education has led LendEDU to rank UCM as a top university for low student debt. Financial aid options include:

  • Scholarships
  • Grants
  • Assistantships
  • Tuition awards
  • Loans

UCM also sets aside certain scholarships for students in select programs of study. You can learn more about program-specific scholarships with the UCM Scholarship Finder.



A UCM student using a computer


Take your degree further.

If you choose to continue your education after earning your Policy and Planning graduate certificate, you may be able to apply the credits from this program to a related master’s degree at UCM:

A homeland security graphic


Explore programs related to policy and planning.

You may be interested to learn about the following related graduate certificates at UCM:


Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the UCM graduate Certificate in Policy and Planning, you must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 at the university level and completed a Bachelor’s degree.    

A maximum of three units of transfer credit may be applied toward requirements in the Certificate in Terrorism and Homeland Security.  Courses taken toward the graduate certificate program may be applied to a UCM Master of Science degree.

Use the Program of Study to see required courses and course descriptions and the Calendar of Course Offerings to see when classes are offered.



Request Info   Visit   Apply Today!




  • facebook
  • twitter
  • youtube
  • linkedin
  • instagram