Certificates in Administration of Justice

Our four-course Certificate of Graduate Studies (CGS) programs are designed for students looking for continued professional development without the formal pursuit of a master’s degree. Our certificate programs in administration of justice – cybersecurity and intelligence, digital forensics and leadership in justice – offer students the opportunity to broaden their professional careers with topics that are crucial in today’s environment.

Our Program

As the need for cybersecurity specialists continues to escalate, our cybersecurity and intelligence certificate trains managers to lead in this rapidly-changing environment and bridge the communication gap between management and technicians.

Our digital forensics certificate introduces students to the fundamental principles and techniques of computer network architecture, proper evidence storage collection, and federal rules and criminal codes. Graduates understand how foreign, state-sponsored threat actors target certain institutions and companies and how to thwart those threats.

Focusing on strategic management in a multicultural, technological and collaborative environment, our leadership in justice certificate combines a core administration of justice focus with electives in the management and holistic leadership fields.

Certificates may be completed entirely online, although courses are also offered at our Newport campus and in a hybrid classroom/online format.

Program Spotlight: Digital Forensics Lab

Our digital forensics lab provides the hands-on instruction students need to fill crucial jobs in the fields of cybersecurity and digital forensics. Training also prepares students for the demanding, industry-driven certifying examinations specific to these emerging fields.

The emphasis in cyber education at Salve encompasses an array of skills, including acquiring, extracting and analyzing data that is often useful for criminal investigation and civil litigation cases. In addition to criminal and civil investigations, it also plays a major role in intelligence and counterterrorism matters. 


David Smith, lecturer


Our Faculty

Our administration of justice courses are taught by seasoned professionals who are experts in their field. Instructors work one-on-one with students to meet their individual needs while serving as career-focused mentors. Our faculty also assist students in landing worthwhile internships that may provide key networking and career opportunities.​


Meet our faculty

Certificates in Administration of Justice

CGS in Cybersecurity and Intelligence

4 courses | 12 credits

Required courses:

  • ADJ519: U.S. Intelligence or ADJ543: Cyber Intelligence
  • ADJ576: High Technology Crime

Students also choose two of the following:

  • ADJ526: Principles of Digital Forensics
  • ADJ530: Cyberthreat Analysis
  • ADJ531: Cyberthreat Management
  • ADJ532: Cyberterrorism
  • ADJ555: Challenges to Counterterrorism
  • ADJ565: Analytics Methodology
  • ADJ579: Advanced Persistent Threat: Tactics, Techniques and Procedures
  • ADJ581: Special Topics
  • HCA530: Cybersecurity and Resiliency in Health Care Administration

CGS in Digital Forensics

4 courses | 12 credits

Required courses:

  • ADJ526: Principles of Digital Forensics
  • ADJ529: Advanced Digital Forensics

Students also choose two of the following:

  • ADJ537: Network Forensics and Incident Response
  • ADJ545: Mobile Forensics
  • ADJ546: Insider Threat
  • ADJ547: Malware Basics
  • ADJ570: Forensic Certifications (ACE/CCE)
  • ADJ581: Special Topics (as available for technical advancement)

CGS in Leadership in Justice

4 courses | 12 credits

Required course:

  • ADJ535: Budget Realities and Grant Opportunities

Students also choose three of the following:

  • ADJ581: Special Topics
  • HLL519: Introduction to Holistic Leadership Perspectives
  • HLL520: Leading Holistically: Cross-Cultural Awareness
  • MGT502: Managing in a Global Economy
  • MGT509: Human Resources Management
  • MGT554: Business Foresight and Futuring
  • MGT558: Management of Cyber Opportunities and Threats