Official Certificate Program


Central to Gathering the Facts.

CCSU’s Detective Certificate provides investigators with in-depth knowledge, skills, and theoretical perspectives that can assist in the application of their role as a detective. Courses are designed for detectives at all levels and ranks. 

The Connecticut State Detective Methodology Program Advisory Board endorses this program and is an integral part of the development and ongoing assessment of classes. The classes in the program can be applied toward CCSU’s BA in Criminology.  

Program Features

  • Starts every January and August
  • 12-credit program
  • Attend part-time
  • Evening classes
  • HyFlex format
  • Local and State Police attending the courses may be eligible for POST credit
  • Taught by leading subject matter experts
  • Scholarships are available through the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice
  • Free on-campus child care available

This certificate is endorsed by the Connecticut Advisory Board consisting of:

  • State Attorney’s Office
  • Local police chiefs
  • Department Emergency Services and Public Protection
  • Connecticut State Police Major Crime Unit
  • Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POST)
  • Connecticut Forensic Lab
  • Office of the Chief Medical Examiner 

- Detective Kyle Rapp, Connecticut State Police - Major Crime

I attained a better understanding of what to look for and expect during an investigation. No matter how much experience you think you have on this subject, this course will improve on it.

- Detective Kyle Rapp, Connecticut State Police - Major Crime

Did You Know?

CCSU is the only school in the country that offers a Detective Certificate program.

What You'll Gain

  • Knowledge of the fundamental principles and methods of detective work
  • Interview and interrogation skills including how to initiate an interview and build rapport
  • Understanding of various types of death investigations and the evidence and information needed in each case
  • Tools to identify and investigate various types of financial crimes
  • Knowledge of the detective’s roles and responsibilities during search and seizure
  • Understanding of the concept of expectation of privacy
  • Appreciation for the policies, practices, roles, and responsibilities of detectives during sexual assault investigations
  • Understanding of the philosophy, methodology, and techniques required for crime scene investigations