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Victim Services Certificate Program

California State University, Fresno was the first university in the nation to develop and conduct a program of study which resulted in a Victim Services Certificate Program, first offered in 1985. The Victim Services Summer Institute at Fresno State, founded in 1989, has been offering a concentrated program of study conducted over a four-week period each summer. Attendees enrolling in all four sessions receive their Certificate upon completion of the Summer Institute. The primary goal of the 12-unit (180 hour) program is to provide the knowledge, foundation and skills needed for work with crime victims.


The Summer Institute is open to both Fresno State students and professionals from the field.  To enroll in the Summer Institute contact the Division of Continuing and Global Education office  (ED 130) at 559-278-0333.

There is a 12-unit requirement for the Victim Services Certificate. Three units must be selected from each of the four emphasis areas (1) Theory, (2) Victim Issues, (3) Victim Services and (4) Victim Advocacy. See the course requirements.


To enroll in the Program or request your certificate, complete the Victim Services Certificate Program Application. You may print and complete the application, and sign. Please submit it to the Criminology office (S2 159).

See Also

Bachelor of Science Degree—Option in Victimology
Go to General Catalog for degree requirements and course descriptions

Contact Information

Yoshiko Takahashi , Ph.D.
S2 135(office); 559-278-4800 (phone) or (559) 278-2305 (Criminology office) or email at

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