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Certificate in Criminal Justice

If you want to go develop a foundation of knowledge and skills to work in the field of law enforcement or corrections, this undergraduate Certificate in Criminal Justice was designed to help you achieve your goal. At Indiana Wesleyan University, you can gain a firm understanding of the American criminal justice system through the lens of Christ-centered ethics and biblical worldviews. You can also use this program as a steppingstone toward an associate’s or bachelor’s level education. Discover how IWU helps students earn criminal justice certificate in a flexible, faith-based, 100% online learning environment.

Why Pursue My Certificate in Criminal Justice at IWU?

There are several benefits to pursuing your criminal justice certificate online at IWU. This accredited degree program is taught by experienced faculty and delivered in a 100% online format. We also provide comprehensive student services, from tech support to tutoring, to help you successfully complete this criminal justice certificate program. Our Christian faculty teach from the same biblical worldview valued on our campus, so that students can implement these principles in a fulfilling career. We also lock in the rate of your credit hours as soon as you begin taking classes. This eliminates the stress of unexpected cost increases once you start the program.

What Will I Learn in This Undergraduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Program?

This certificate in criminal justice program is designed to help students develop introductory knowledge of criminal justice and law enforcement and qualify for entry-level careers as quickly as possible. Students engage in learning that provides an overview of criminology, criminal justice, and the psychology of personality, along with a specific emphasis on alcohol and drug education and corrections.  Criminal justice online course topics cover corrections, policing, forensics, and cybercrime.

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

Tuition & Aid

33 Credit Hours


$499/ Credit Hour

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

Financial AidTuition Info

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
What You Will Study in This Online Certificate in Criminal Justice Program

The curriculum for this undergraduate criminal justice certificate covers how 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

After Graduation
Potential Careers

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

Work in Various Industries

  • Industry

Program Requirements
  • Accepted as a regular degree seeking student or as an unclassified student
  • 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; all credits must be earned at IWU for unclassified students
  • Minimum grade of "C" in each course
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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

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