What will I learn?

If you are a criminal justice professional, you know the landscape: Increasing levels of crime, social problems born of drug use, explosion of offenders in courts and correctional settings, plus violence in neighborhoods, workplaces, and schools that paralyzes entire communities.

Do you want to develop the leadership skills to navigate this landscape?

Ball State University’s graduate certificate in criminal justice and criminology features a sequence of courses that concentrate on the philosophy of justice, interpersonal skills, and administrative skills.

Whether you work in law enforcement, corrections, or victim advocacy, you’ll need these skills to advance professionally. Likewise, Ball State graduate students who are adding elective courses outside of their home disciplines, particularly sociology students, will find relevant course work in this certificate.

The criminal justice and criminology graduate certificate is a blend of online and on-campus classes on our main campus in Muncie, Indiana.

Why Ball State’s Certificate?

It’s one of the few criminal justice and criminology certificates in the Midwest.

It’s the only such graduate certificate in the state of Indiana.

It is an applied program so you can take what you learn to work and apply it the next day.

Ball State undergraduate and graduate criminal justice and criminology programs, including the master’s in public administration (MPA) with a criminal justice concentration have a strong reputation.

The certificate’s four courses will count toward the MPA program when you decide to pursue the masters.

Because class enrollments seldom exceed 15 students, you get individual attention from faculty—and time to interact with classmates from across the country.

You also benefit from the national and international reputations of our faculty scholars who publish frequently and participate in criminal justice and criminology academic and professional societies. Ball State professors have worked as practitioners—as well as consultants—with numerous criminal justice agencies. Learn more about our criminal justice and criminology faculty.

Which department am I in?

Ball State University

Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (15 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$20,610.00 per year
USD $1,145 per credit hour

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected August 2020


Ball State University

2000 W University Avenue,



47306, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

An applicant with a baccalaureate degree not considered the equivalent of that of Ball State University may be considered for probationary admission to a master’s program. An undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale on credit hours earned from the degree granting institution.

For international students

Students must have

  • Bachelor’s degree from an institution that is accredited by its regional accrediting association;
  • Either a cumulative baccalaureate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the latter half of your baccalaureate.

Required Scores for English Proficiency

  • TOEFL 79
  • IELTS 6.5 bands
  • Pearson's PTE 53

Find your nearest IELTS test centre and test dates

There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About this uni

The university has been named as one of the best institutions in the Midwest for 15 years by the Princeton Review.

  • Over 250 undergraduate, postgraduate & professional programs
  • Industry-standard learning facilities
  • Global alumni network of almost 200,000
  • Student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1