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Published: March 12, 2018

UT Receives Certification in Criminology and Criminal Justice

The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) recently conferred program certification to The University of Tampa's undergraduate degree program in criminology and criminal justice.

UT's program becomes the only criminology and criminal justice program in the state of Florida to receive the certification, and the ninth program nationwide.

This national program certification was the culmination of an 18-month effort to prove the program met or exceeded all programmatic standards designed by the ACJS. Its certification team revealed that UT met or exceeded all of the published standards and received the Academy's full 10-year program certification.

Kayte Branch, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice and chair of the department, said the certification will give credibility to the program, and to students who major in criminology and criminal justice.

"We had to review every course, every syllabus, every faculty member and every single piece of our program and what is offered," Branch said.

UT offers a B.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice and minors in criminal investigations and criminology and criminal justice. At the graduate level, the department offers an M.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

For more information, contact Branch at

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