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Online Associate Certificate in
Criminal Justice

⚜   Rarely Offered in Christian Universities, Bible Colleges or Seminaries

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Associate Certificate in
Criminal Justice?


The Associate’s Certificate in Criminal Justice provides a framework for understanding the American criminal justice in a missional theological context. Students are introduced to the general structure of the system, from policing practices to courthouse procedures and correction facilities, to the principles and ethical issues at stake, and finally to an overview of substantive criminal law. These courses guide students to engage the criminal justice system in a manner reflective of our partnership with God’s justice and mission in the world.

Program Features

  • Integrated practicums allow you to gain valuable real-world experience
  • Learn from academic practitioners from around the world
  • Credits earned in this certificate program can apply to a Missional University Associate degree program

Course Effort

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Course Length

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Credits Required

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Program Cost

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What Will I Study?

We offer the most comprehensive approach to serving communities in the mission of God.

A survey of Missio Dei, the Mission of God, explores Salvation History through the redemptive vision of God. The student will learn how God is reconciling all of creation unto himself in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Students will also observe God at work through His people in mission.

This course explores the spiritual dimension of missional engagement in the post-Christendom world. Students will discover practical and creative ways of deepening their personal spirituality allowing more engagement with not-yet Christians and the development of authentic missional community. Resources will include readings, video interviews with practitioners, creative spiritual practices, real-life experimentation and weekly Q & A reports.

An overview of the American criminal justice system covering the traditional topics of police, courts, and corrections, due process, search and seizure, coverage of plea bargaining, legal and ethical values, and capital punishment. The focus is on critical thinking approaches.

Class focuses on how the day-to-day practitioner conducts business in the field of corrections, in both the institutional and community settings. The student will learn how the corrections system works, from classification, to security, to treatment, re-entry and rehabilitation.

This course provides an introduction and overview to the study of substantive criminal law. The major topics of the course include the purposes of criminal law, the elements of crimes, defenses to crimes, criminal sanctions, and the principles of constitutional limits on criminal law. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to examine the fundamental principles, philosophies, and values that underlie the U.S. Criminal justice system and how they impact the enforcement of criminal law in this country.

When Can I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates each year to give you flexibility in your education, life and work schedules.






A Career in Transforming Communities

Is this Your Mission?

Community Policing Advisor, Community Policing Advocate, Community Policing Coordinator, Community Service Officer, Peace Officer, Crime Prevention Specialist, Patrol Officer, Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff, Law Enforcement Officer, Patrolman, Field Training Officer, Municipal Police, Special Agent, Special Police, Community Beat Manager, Family Liaison Officer, Chief Police Officer



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How Much Will it Cost?

We offer tuition based upon country of residence.  According to the Human Development Index, all countries around the world fall into one of four categories:
  • (Tier 1) - Very High Human Development
  • (Tier 2) High Human Development
  • (Tier 3) Medium Human Development
  • (Tier 4) Low Human Development
Our tiered global tuition makes higher education affordable for everyone world wide.


100% Tuition


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80% Tuition


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3 credit course


60% Tuition


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3 credit course


40% Tuition


per credit hour


3 credit course

Tiered tuition based on country of origin and scholarships available.  Find your country of residence here for more information.
Tuition may be further reduced by participating in the Sponsorship Program.