Online Undergraduate Certificate
Criminal Justice

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Overview of the Online Certificate in Criminal Justice Program

Serve your community with honor, integrity, and commitment.

Do you have your sights set on a career in law enforcement and corrections? The Criminal Justice Certificate from IWU will provide you with foundational knowledge of the American criminal justice system, preparing you to further your education and distinguish yourself in your field.

This certificate also serves students wishing to gain a better understanding of the criminal justice system in order to advance their careers in social services, security management, many types of compassionate ministries, and more. The program provides an overview of criminology, criminal justice, and the psychology of personality, along with a specific emphasis on alcohol and drug education and corrections. Through IWU, students receive:

  • 100% online courses
  • Biblical perspective on criminal justice concepts
  • Access to electronic books to save on textbook costs

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You’ll Learn To…

  • Apply relevant theories, practices, and laws while critiquing criminal justice research and engaging ethical issues in the criminal justice system
  • Examine criminal justice practices from a Biblical perspective
  • Practice honor, courage, integrity, and commitment in your interactions as a public servant

Career Options

  • Corrections Officer
  • State or Local Police Officer
  • Probation or Parole Officer
  • Juvenile/Youth Worker
  • Victim’s Advocate
  • Bailiff
  • Crime Analyst


15 Total
$395/ 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


This program does NOT qualify for Financial Aid on its own, only when packaged with a degree seeking program.


These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer your new career with confidence.

5 Core Courses

These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer your new career with confidence.



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.

  • Accepted as a regular degree seeking student or as an unclassified student
  • Unclassified student requires proof of high school graduation

  • Unclassified student requires proof of high school graduation

Completion Requirements
  • 15 credit hours from the selected courses in the specified certificate area
  • Nine of the credits must be earned at IWU for degree seeking students
  • Minimum grade of "C" in each course


The Criminal Justice Certificate at Indiana Wesleyan University has many convenient starts throughout the year. Listed below are the next available starts. If you don’t see a start that fits your schedule, connect with our enrollment team to see more future starts.


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

*Effective 07-01-2023 through 06-30-2024