Justice and Public Safety Information Management

College of Professional Studies

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Virginia Science and Technology Campus - Ashburn, Online Learning

Program Overview

For professionals in the law enforcement, public safety, and homeland security fields, this program provides a comprehensive and strategic understanding of policy, best practices, and strategies related to information technology and data management.
• Understand the challenges and contemporary solutions related to information sharing and safeguarding;
• Apply current concepts and standards of enterprise architecture to justice and public safety fields;
• Integrate past, current and future policy principles related to information technology to justice and public safety fields;
• Build collaboration and consensus in government IT projects.

Admission Requirements


Admission deadlines:

Fall – June 1
Spring – November 1

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations (preferably one from a current supervisor). Recommendations must include a separate sheet (preferably on official stationary) addressing the four questions found in the recommendation form. Detailed answers must be provided addressing the applicant’s professional abilities, personal qualities, career potential, and potential to be successful in a graduate-level program.

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed, course-by-course evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. View a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250-500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this field and describe your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also, discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, as well as any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.

Additional requirements:

A resumé and proof of employment as a safety and/or security professional.

International applicants only: TOEFL - 550 on paper-based or 80 on Internet-based test. IELTS - an overall band score of 6.0 with no individual score below 5.0.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
College of Professional Studies – Office of Admission
The George Washington University
44983 Knoll Square, Suite B56
Ashburn, VA 20147

Contact for questions:
CPS Office of Admissions
[email protected] ~ 202-994-2083 (phone) 
9:00 am – 5:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday