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Crime Analysis

The Certificate in Crime Analysis is a 18-credit-hour program of study. The certificate program is flexible enough to be adapted to the needs of pre-career and in-service individuals. Graduates completing the Graduate Certificate in Crime Analysis can expect to be competitive for jobs in government agencies and other organizations that work strategically to prevent crime and problems related to crime.

Completing the graduate certificate will prepare students to take the exam for Certified Law Enforcement Analysts, offered by the International Association of Crime Analysts.  In addition, students can earn approximately 60 points toward the required 100 points needed to become a Certified Law Enforcement Analysts by completing the certificate.

Eligibility and Application Procedure
  1. Any holder of a baccalaureate of higher degree from an accredited college or university is eligible for admission
  2. An online application and information may be obtained from www.spea.iupui.edu. Application deadlines for the certificate programs are before May 15 for the fall semester, before September 15 for the spring semester, and before March 15 for summer sessions. Students must pay a nonrefundable application fee.
Program Restrictions
  1. Students admitted to a SPEA graduate degree program are not eligible for admission nor awarding of a certificate in the same concentration of their graduate degree.
  2. Transfer credit, course substitutions, or course waivers are not accepted for fulfilling the certificate requirements.
  3. Students enrolled in a certificate program can only confer the certificate with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) in all required coursework. 
  4. A student may be dismissed if, after 9 credit hours of coursework, the GPA is below a 3.0.
  5. Admission to or successful completion of a certificate program does not guarantee subsequent admission to a SPEA graduate degree program.
  6. Students enrolled in a certificate program who apply to a SPEA graduate degree programs must meet all existing admission requirements, or may request a waiver if they complete at least three classes towards the certificate with a 3.5 GPA or higher.
  7. Students planning to request admission to a SPEA graduate degree program after successfully completing a certificate program cannot apply to an MPA of the same concentration of the certificate.
Certificate Requirements (18 credit hours)
Required Courses (12 credit hours)

EACH of the following courses:

  • SPEA-J 502 Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Public Affairs
  • SPEA-J 503 Crime Analysis
  • SPEA-J 520 Mapping and Analysis for Public Safety
  • SPEA-V 506 Statistical Analysis for Effective Decision Making
Electives (6 credit hours)

TWO additional SPEA graduate public affairs courses that cannot include independent research studies, readings, or internship classes.