Criminal Justice

The Indiana Wesleyan University Criminal Justice certificate program affords students the opportunity to acquire specialized knowledge in the field of criminal justice. In addition to an overview of criminology, criminal justice and the psychology of personality, this program provides specific emphasis on alcohol, drug and other substance abuse education and corrections in a way that only a Christian university can. These emphases can be of great benefit to people in social services, security management, many types of compassionate ministries, and other professions and services. The certificate itself serves as documentation of this accomplishment, as does the transcript notation.

Now is the perfect time to earn your Criminal Justice certificate. In Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, completion of a certificate program can serve as a signal to prospective employers that you are a person with the drive and determination to excel. Not only will the course of study enhance your knowledge of criminal justice, but earning the certification also will distinguish you from others in your workplace or employment market. Students completing the onsite or online Criminal Justice certification can acquire a valuable competitive advantage in this field.

As a graduate of the program, you could be on your way to starting an entry-level career in one of the following fields:

  • Law enforcement
  • Court administration
  • Victim services
  • Criminology
  • Security
  • And other related areas

The Criminal Justice certificate undergraduate program is available online and at various locations in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio to students currently in associate and bachelor's programs, and also to students who are registered as unclassified. Degree-seeking students must earn at least nine of the 15 certificate credit hours at IWU. Unclassified students must complete all 15 credit hours through IWU to be eligible for the certificate.

Admission Requirement

Proof of standard high school diploma or GED certification.

Completion Requirements

  • Completion of the specified 15 credit hours with a grade of "C" or better in each course. Nine of the 15 credit hours must be taken at IWU
  • Payment of all tuition and fees

Courses Required

Any five (5) Criminal Justice courses (CRJ) approved by the School of Service and Leadership. (See the IWU Catalog for a full listing of CRJ courses.) For the purpose of earning a Criminal Justice Certificate, the following courses are also considered CRJ courses:

ADC-210, PSY-250, PHE-366,SOC-246
15 credit hours

A student may not receive credit for both SOC-246 and CRJ-246.

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