Academic Courses and Certificate

Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection Criminology

The Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP) offers this graduate certificate program through the School of Criminal Justice.

To obtain the certificate, you must successfully complete 1 required course and 3 elective courses, which provide a holistic overview of the product counterfeit risk. The program includes content focusing on criminology theory and international crime.

While the course work is grounded in core academic principles, the content is pragmatic and applicable to brand protection managers making day-to-day decisions. Many courses were developed at the request of industry and co-developed with business managers paired with academics. Participants who successfully complete the course work will be well positioned to provide strategic anti-counterfeiting and product protection strategies for industry and agencies.


CJ 809: Understanding Product Counterfeiting


CJ 491 Introduction to Product Counterfeiting

CJ 801 Crime Causation, Prevention and Control CJ 823 Globalization of Crime

VM 821 Food Protection and Defense

HM 833 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Counterfeiting and Public Health

CJ 846 Corporate Environmental Crime and Risk


The Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP) offer the following ONLINE courses through the School of Criminal Justice. Courses are open to both students and working professionals.

CJ450: Product Counterfeiting
(undergraduate course)

This undergraduate course is an introductory examination of product counterfeiting, a global crime that affects people of every socio-economic class, race, gender and culture. The materials presented in this course provide a global understanding of product counterfeiting including the role of brand owners, law enforcement, governments, legitimate businesses, criminal enterprises, and individual consumers.

The problem is explored through a review of popular literature (e.g., newspaper and magazine articles, blogs, social media), empirical studies, case histories, and criminological theory. Attention is given to understanding the following themes and concepts:

the social and economic impacts of product counterfeiting the transnational nature of counterfeiting organizations, offender motivation, and consumer behavior the application of crime prevention techniques and theory

**Course is generally held during the spring semester of each year. You can verify if the course is being offered via the MSU Schedule of Courses.

CJ850: Product Counterfeiting
(graduate course)

This graduate course explores the crime of product counterfeiting through a mix of theoretical perspectives from criminology, victimology, and organizational behavior.

Through an analysis of theory, empirical studies, and case histories this course helps students gain a comprehensive understanding of product counterfeiting, and promotes the scientific application of theory and research as a means of developing effective crime prevention solutions.

**Course is generally held during the fall semester of each year. You can verify if the course is being offered via the MSU Schedule of Courses.

Working professionals must register as a MSU Life Long Student prior to registering for courses. Please contact Kari Kammel if you need assistance at

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Registration process or questions, please contact: Kari Kammel | 517.353.2163 |

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