Where do you want to take your career?  The direction is up to you, helping you get there is what we do. Consider joining the unique experience that is the Iowa Wesleyan Criminal Justice Graduate Program.

The Master’s in Criminal Justice Online Program is designed to be flexible and convenient to meet the needs of today’s students. Our online classroom allows you 24/7 access to your coursework when and where it’s convenient for you. We are a non-profit and regionally accredited institution.

  • Eight-week terms with six start dates during the year
  • Learn from faculty with practitioner experience
  • Accept up to 9 transfer credits in transfer

Discover more reasons why IW Online is the right choice!

Program Objectives

The Criminal Justice Master of Arts degree is a broad-based graduate program. The program addresses issues of crime and criminal justice within an analytical framework and emphasizes theory and research and their implications for social policy. The curriculum is grounded in the social and behavioral sciences and in legal approaches to crime and social control. It draws from contemporary research and theoretical developments across a spectrum of academic disciplines.


Graduates from this program will have rewarding careers throughout the United States and around the world. Join the ranks in careers such as:
  • Detective
  • Forensic Science
  • Technician
  • Paralegal
  • Private Investigator
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Social Worker
  • Cybercrime Investigator
  • Director of Security
  • Federal Agent
  • Criminal Justice Professor


To be accepted in the Criminal Justice Graduate Program, you must have:

  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and a GMAT score of at least 500; or
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 in a regionally accredited Bachelor’s Degree.


To graduate from the Criminal Justice Graduate Program, you must:

  1. Complete 30 credit hours of core course work, 15 being core and 15 being elective.
  2. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  3. Complete at least 21 credit hours from Iowa Wesleyan University.


  • Federal Financial Aid for Graduate Students
  • Military/Veteran’s Benefits
  • Tuition Reimbursement/Employer Assistance Programs
  • Payment Plans

Discover more details regarding options to finance your education at Financial Aid Information