Leadership in Justice

Graduate Certificate in Leadership in Justice


In today's challenging multicultural, technological and collaborative environment, Salve Regina University's graduate certificate in leadership in justice develops the innovative skills and practices needed to keep practitioners at the forefront of their profession.

Lead in a Complex Environment

Professionals in the justice field are tasked with reducing and managing crime while facing budget cuts, protecting the public, improving community perceptions and organizing agencies and departments in a collaborative environment. They must draw upon their knowledge and skills to establish and maintain high standards of integrity and ethical values, and lead in a way that reflects those values and strengthens their organizations. Salve Regina's graduate certificate positions students for managerial and leadership success in complex and rapidly changing environments.

Who Will Benefit?

  • Government officials and town managers
  • Law enforcement leadership
  • Business operations managers
  • Senior executives in for-profit enterprises and nonprofit organizations
  • Defense contractors
  • Insurance risk managers
  • Manufacturing general managers
  • Product engineers

Leadership in Justice


Course Requirements

Our Faculty


Staff and Contact


Program Director:
Michael Teeter

Call us at:
(800) 637-0002

Program format


Four courses (12 credits)

Application deadline


Rolling admission
Fall, spring and summer starts available

Average time to complete


8-12 months



$2,190 per course
 Financial aid and veterans' benefits available

Leadership in Justice Curriculum

Salve Regina's graduate certificate in leadership in justice is designed for professionals who hold a bachelor's or master's degree and are seeking professional development in topics crucial to today's technological environment. Students in good academic standing who would like to continue their studies may apply to the M.S. in criminal justice and cybersecurity program and carry the credits forward.

Required Courses

We've heard a lot in recent years about emotional intelligence and the difference it can make in how we are perceived by those around us in the workplace, in our communities and in our homes. Emotionally intelligent communications can deepen our connections with others, improving relationships and building trust. In this course, students develop fundamental strategies to improve their emotional intelligence. With self-awareness and empathy as the foundation, they learn communication strategies for verbal interactions, written communications and presentations to help them achieve their goals as they focus on the needs of those receiving their message (servant leadership). Students also focus on neutral listening as a tool to improve relationships and build trust. This course also covers social media considerations and the opportunities and challenges for organizations these channels present. Students learn theory, practical tools and have practice opportunities to improve their work experience and leadership.

In this course, students examine issues facing justice practitioners today from a leadership perspective. They gain a deep understanding of those issues, applicable theories and approaches that can help improve outcomes in the identified areas. Leaders at all levels have a role in approaching these challenges, and students gain understanding about the differences in that role based on their position and assignment in an organization.

Every organization has a culture. Many have pointed at an organization's culture when looking to lay blame for egregious actions by its members. Many have also looked at the opposite side – organizations with strong and positive cultures leading to strong employee satisfaction and engagement and support from the customers or communities they serve. This course covers organizational culture and the application of these concepts and theories in justice related settings. Once this foundation is laid, students explore how they, whatever their position in their organization, can positively influence the climate and culture in their work area using values-based leadership, procedural justice, co-production of leadership and other techniques.

Many employees have performed well at the line level and in first-level supervisory positions and have been rewarded for their performance with a promotion, only to discover that they are ill-prepared for their new role and that the techniques that drove their success earlier in their career are no longer relevant. Whatever their current position, this course equips students with the necessary skills and perspective to continue their growth and success as they move to new leadership roles. This course addresses leader development, leadership perspective, adaptability, conflict resolution, problem solving strategic planning and strategic communications for leaders.

Our Faculty

Our leadership in justice courses are taught by seasoned professionals who are experts in their field. Instructors work closely with students to meet their individual needs while serving as career-focused mentors, helping students to build their professional network.

Meet Our Faculty



Courses are billed individually at the start of each class. Please note that there is a $60 registration fee per semester.



If your employer is paying all or part of your tuition, we will arrange payment directly from your employer where possible. Learn more.



Our certificate programs are eligible for federal student loans. To qualify, you must complete two courses per semester. Learn more.

Military and


Salve Regina is approved for veterans’ benefits and has been named a Military Friendly School. Learn more.