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Successful completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree in criminal justice degree by itself does not lead to licensure or certification in any state, regardless of concentration or specialization. Further, Ashford University does not guarantee that any professional organization will accept a graduate's application to sit for any exam for the purpose of professional certification. Students seeking licensure or certification in a particular profession are strongly encouraged to carefully research the requirements prior to enrollment. Requirements may vary by state. Further, a criminal record may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure, certification, or employment in this field of study.


Preparing for the Application Process:

To help prepare for the application process, there are documents that you should have ready and available. Additionally, it’s good to understand some of the exams that you may be asked to take during the application or interview process. 



  • Career Services has an entire bank of resume resources dedicated to helping you!
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  • ​​Crafting the perfect Cover Letter isn’t always easy, but it's an important document within the application process
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  • More than likely, you’ll be asked to show proof of your degree and your transcripts will be necessary for that step.
  • While some employers might accept an unofficial copy, others will want you to send over official copies.
  • To learn more about transcript requests, visit here.


  • ​Create a list of references that you have ready to share with employers. Be sure to include the person’s name, job title, company, phone number, and email address. 
  • Make sure that you have permission from your references to use them within the process before handing out their contact information.
  • ​Keep your references aware of your application/hiring process to give them a heads up if you think they might be contacted. 
  • ​Well-prepared references will usually be able to provide more detailed recommendations, so try to give you references insight regarding the job you are applying for. 


​​In addition to you may have to pass exams. Each agency will have different requirements, but don’t be surprised if a few of these are required within the application process: 

  • ​Physical Exam 
  • Drug Test
  • Background Check (While each check may be slightly different, here are some things that employers might check: criminal history, credit, employment history, references, education verification and driving record)
  • Medical Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Board Interview