College of Advancing and Professional Studies

Courses - Admission Information - FAQs - Faculty - Contact Us - Learning Outcomes

Program Introduction - Admission Information - FAQs - Faculty - Contact Us - Learning Outcomes

Courses

The 16-credit certificate comprises five 3-credit courses and a 1-credit field experience. The six courses are offered on a rotating basis during the fall, spring, and summer. Participants register through the College of Advancing and Professional Studies.

Required Courses

Two of the following

One of the following

Admission Information

Application deadlines
Fall: June 1st
Spring: November 1st

Non-matriculated students have the option of taking two courses in the program prior to completing an application for acceptance into the program.

For information about registration, please contact:
Sylvia I. Mignon, MSW, PhD
Professor and Director
Forensic Services Graduate Certificate
MS in Human Services Program
College of Public and Community Services

University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125-3393
Email: forensic.services@umb.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

How many credits are required to complete the certificate?
The certificate is comprised of sixteen credits, five 3-credit courses, and one 1-credit course.

If I am working full-time, will classes still be accessible for me?
As most students enrolled in the program have work and other responsibilities during the day, courses are therefore scheduled in the late afternoon and evening.

What kind of jobs will this certificate lead to?
Graduates have found jobs in research, the social services, human services, community mental health, the criminal justice system, and the courts.

If I obtain this certificate and then want to go on to a master’s, will my certificate courses count?
If you choose to pursue a Master of Arts in Applied Sociology, through the Sociology Department or the Master of Science in Counseling, through the Department of Counseling and School Psychology, your credits can be applied to the Forensic Services track offered through either of those programs.

How many semesters are there and when can I enroll?
The Forensic Services Certificate program can be completed in one to two years. Applications for the Fall are due by June 1st and November 1st for Spring admission.

Non-matriculated students have the option of taking two courses in the program prior to completing an application for acceptance into the program.

Faculty & Staff

Contact Us

For information about the program and registration, please contact:

Sylvia Mignon, Director
Forensic Services Program

University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125-3393
t: 617.287.7384
e: forensic.services@umb.edu

Learning Outcomes

Students who earn the Forensic Services Graduate Certificate will be able to:

  1. Analyze the intersection of social, health, and legal systems with the goal of providing appropriate interventions and services to criminal offenders.
  2. Advance their understanding of the relationships among law, criminal justice, mental health, and substance abuse treatment systems.
  3. Explain complex social issues such as the origins of mental illness, substance abuse, and dual diagnosis and how they can intertwine with criminal behavior.
  4. Identify the impact of relevant laws and social policies on treatment and correctional practices.
  5. Understand the variety of correctional responses to crime including police, courts, and corrections, including houses of correction, prisons, and reentry programs.
  6. Provide behavioral health treatment services for persons who are court involved; develop and implement innovative evidence-based practices.
  7. Enhance skills for clinical assessment and intervention with clients involved in court clinics and/or correctional programming.
  8. Evaluate the quality of research on criminal offender populations.
  9. Identify and analyze social policy and practice issues that impact criminal offenders and make recommendations for their improvement.
  10. Understand the types of available graduate programs for pursuit of a graduate degree upon completion of the certificate.