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Master's in Public Administration – Criminal Justice Specialization

If you want to move into leadership and policy-focused roles in the dynamic field of criminal justice, discover the MPA in Criminal Justice program at Indiana Wesleyan University. This master’s in public administration degree can help you develop the knowledge and skills to impact organizational behavior, develop public policy, and pursue a wide variety of career paths. In less than two years, you can complete your degree with the added convenience of a 100% online format.

Why Pursue My MPA Degree in Criminal Justice at IWU?

There are several benefits to learning at IWU for MPA degree students. We provide a full system of services, including tech support, tutoring, and full-time chaplains to all our students. Our Christian faculty teach from the same biblical worldview valued on our campus, so that students can implement these principles in a fulfilling career. Plus, we lock in the rate of your tuition once you start the program. This eliminates the worry of unexpected cost increases once you start classes.

What Will I Learn in This MPA Criminal Justice Program?

Students who want to work in leadership and high-level roles in law enforcement and criminal justice can benefit from this master’s level program. You can prepare to work in local and federal agencies, as well as other roles, such as a policy analyst for government or non-profit organizations. Course topics include a comprehensive spectrum of topics in the field, including organizational management, ethical leadership, and public policy strategies.

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

36 Credit Hours


$559/ 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 MPA in Criminal Justice Program

The curriculum for this MPA with Criminal Justice specialization covers how to:

  • Become an effective leader in public governance roles
  • Craft policy that results in positive outcomes for its intended purposes
  • Develop the ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences
  • Integrate biblical principles into a criminal justice career

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Consulting
  • Local, State, and Federal Government Agencies
  • Military Career Advancement
  • Non-Profit Leadership
  • Public Policy

Work in Various Industries

  • Industries

Program Requirements
  • A baccalaureate degree from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), verified on official transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University.
  • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher from the baccalaureate degree granting institution at which at least a minimum of 30 hours was completed. If an applicant's GPA is below 2.5, the student may be admitted on a probationary basis, as established by the guidelines of the college.
  • All credits required in the curriculum sequence with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum grade of "C" in each course. A grade of "C-" or below will require the course to be repeated.
  • Overall GPA of at least 3.0 in all IWU graduate work.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required in order to receive a diploma.
Program Requirements
  • Students must successfully complete POL-521 (minimum grade of "C") in order to continue in the program.
  • Students must successfully complete all core and specialization courses prior to taking the capstone course.
Transfer of Credits
  • Credit may be transferred in from a regionally accredited institution (maximum of six hours) for any core or specialization course except for POL-587. The curriculum will be completed in the order established by Indiana Wesleyan University. Indiana Wesleyan University reserves the right to modify the curriculum as necessary.
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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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