Online Associate's - Criminal Justice

“Many of the instructors are practitioners… and they bring that experience to life in the classroom.”

- Russ Harney


Overview of the Criminal Justice Online Associate DegreeProgram

Online or Onsite

Indiana Wesleyan University's Associate of Science with a major in Criminal Justice degree program is offered in an online format, and may also be offered onsite at locations in Indiana and Kentucky. The program consists of 60 credit hours of coursework, including both criminal justice and liberal arts courses. This program focuses on communication skills and the problems facing criminal justice officials. 

This program provides a fundamental basis for students desiring to continue their education at IWU to complete a bachelor's degree in this discipline. The courses contained in this associate program will satisfy 24 hours out of the 30 general education hours required at the bachelor level and will also apply toward the 120 hour degree requirement.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Apply appropriate communication skills across settings, purposes, and audiences of the American Criminal Justice System, including law enforcement, corrections and courts.
  • Apply theories, principles and practices of criminal justice, including constitutional principles, judicial and correctional processes, legal institutions, and law enforcement.
  • Apply criminal law, juvenile law, constitutional law, and procedural law as it relates to a person’s involvement with the Criminal Justice System from first contact until sentence completion in a manner consistent with ethical and biblical standards.
  • Critique criminal justice research and use those findings to support arguments and decisions within the criminal justice context.
  • Critically engage ethical issues in criminal justice, particularly questions of social responsibility, professional decision-making and the impact of cultural diversity on the Criminal Justice system.
  • Integrate biblical perspectives into the decision-making process as it relates to issues involving the Criminal Justice System.

Bridge Program

If you have not yet obtained your Associate degree but already have 36 to 59 credit hours of previous college coursework, IWU's unique Bridge program can allow you to immediately start working towards your Bachelor's degree. Please contact your Program Representative at 866-498-4968 for more information.

"I became an officer because I'm a person who likes working with people. And that's the same reason why I enjoyed my time at Indiana Wesleyan so much. I got to work with classmates who shared more than a classroom; we shared deep respect and solid trust."

SGT. Mitchell McKinney, BS Criminal Justice


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees*

Credit Hours Tuition
60 Total $299 / credit hour

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, eBooks, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email


Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below. For further information, feel free to contact us.

General Education - 27 credit hours required

View a full list of General Education Course Descriptions

  • Written Communication - 6 credit hours
  • Oral Communication - 3 credit hours
  • Mathematics - 3 credit hours
  • Natural Science - 3 credit hours
  • Social Sciences - 3 credit hours
  • Arts and Humanities - 3 credit hours
  • General Elective- 3 credit hours
  • Biblical Studies - 3 credit hours

Core Courses - 33 credit hours required



Below are the lists of requirements for the AS in Criminal Justice program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Admission Requirements

  • Proof of standard high school diploma or GED certification.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of 60 semester hours.
  • Completion of the core requirements with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Completion of 24 hours of general education requirements as specified in the IWU Catalog (General Education Requirements).
  • Payment of all tuition and fees in order to receive a diploma.

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the Associate of Science in Criminal Justice program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.