Official Certificate Program

Advance Detective Certificate

Central to Cracking the Case.

CCSU’s Advanced Detective Official Certificate Program (OCP) provides investigators with advanced 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 the MS in Criminal Justice. 

Program Features

  • Starts every January and August 
  • 12-credit program 
  • Attend part-time 
  • Evening classes 
  • HyFlex format 
  • 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 
  • Local and State Police attending the courses may be eligible for POST credit  
  • All courses are taught by leading subject matter experts  
  • Scholarships are available through the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice 
  • No GMAT/GRE required 


- Officer David O’Meara

As a newer Investigator in the Stamford Bureau of Criminal Investigations Unit, I have found that the detective program offered by CCSU has made this transition easier. The program has provided me with the building blocks necessary for investigative work.

- Officer David O’Meara

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