Online Associate - Criminal Justice

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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.

You’ll Learn To…

  • 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.

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"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


60 Total
$299/ Credit Hour*

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing


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


Here is the list of courses required to complete the program. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles. For further information, feel free to contact us.

11 Core Courses

These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer your new career with confidence. For a full list of courses required to complete your degree, please visit the university catalog.



Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

  • Proof of standard high school diploma or GED certification.

  • 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.


Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 312-263-0456. IWU is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities,, 202-546-8713.

*Effective 07-01-2021 through 06-30-2022