Certificate in Criminal Behavior Overview
The Advanced Practice Certificate in Criminal Behavior program explores the dynamics and differences associated with mass, serial, and pattern criminals, as delves into the of sex offending and associated legal and community responses. The course uses data and science to recommend applied psychological principles to support investigation and management of criminal behavior.
The program is designed for law enforcement and other responders interested in the psychology, motivation, and behavior behind mass, spree and serial violence. It also examines sex crimes, offenders and the complex factors and motivations associated with offenders, as well as fundamental concepts, theories, methodologies, assumptions and practices associated with using psychology as an investigative tool.
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Pathway to Master’s
The credits from this certificate coursework can be applied toward earning your Master of Science Degree in Forensic Behavioral Science or Forensic Leadership Administration.
The Advanced Certificate in Criminal Behavior is offered fully online. All classes and coursework can be completed virtually, allowing flexibility with your schedule.
Vital Work at a Vital Time
With law enforcement increasingly scrutinized for individual reactions to criminal behavior, this program will prepare those on the front lines to make informed choices under stress.
Course 1: Mass, Serial and Pattern Criminal
Course examines perpetrators of mass, spree and serial violence in terms of psychology, motivation and behavior. Topics include violent crime sprees, school and workplace mass assaults, family annihilation, domestic terrorism, serial murder, serial sex offending, and stalking behavior on its own and in the context of deliberate lethal violence.
Course two: Sex Crimes & Offenders
Examines sex crimes, offenders and the complex factors and motivations associated with offending. Topics include paraphilia, psychogenic motivation, rape and sexual violence, sexual predators, juvenile offenders, female offenders, sexual homicide, sex trafficking and tourism, and the roles of society, commerce and law. Also addresses systems responses to sex offending, including sexually violent predator laws, offender registries and treatment modalities.
Course three: Investigative Psychology and Criminal Profiling
This course explores the fundamental concepts, theories, methodologies, assumptions and practices associated with using psychology as an investigative tool. The course focuses on the application of behavior analysis to criminal investigation, criminal profiling and behavioral evidence, geographic profiling, psychological autopsy, and equivocal death analysis.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the modality of the program?
The program is offered fully online. All classes and coursework can be completed virtually, allowing you flexibility with your schedule.
What scholarship and financial aid options are available?
Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education, and Alliant offers institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.
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The California School of Forensic Studies is dedicated to graduating rigorously educated and trained professionals who impact society, public opinion, and policy by applying science in the service of preventing, investigating, and mitigating conflict and violence. Not only will students build their expertise in evidence-based skills, they will also gain strategic leadership skills that are essential to their professional development.