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Online Undergraduate Certificate in
Criminal Justice & Investigation

⚜   Rarely Offered in Christian Universities, Bible Colleges or Seminaries

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Undergraduate Certificate in
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The Undergraduate Certificate in Criminal Justice & Investigation is designed for students and working professionals alike.  The courses combine academic content with "real-world" application of skills in the field of criminal investigations, and are taught by qualified, experienced instructors. The program merges the latest scientific investigative techniques with mandated changes in criminal law. You will build the knowledge to appropriately apply "hands-on" procedures for evaluating and processing crime scenes.

For the missional Christian, a career in criminal justice is an opportunity to not only infuse honor and integrity into every action taken, but also to practice biblical justice. Biblical justice is first and foremost the concept of "making right" or of restoration. This understanding of social justice is rooted in God's love and compassion for the weak, the vulnerable, the marginalized, the disenherited, the disenfranchised, and of course, the victimized. Criminal investigators serve on the side of the victimized and seek to address the injustice of their situation. So criminal investigators collect information (or evidence) about a crime in order to: (1) determine if a crime has been committed; (2) identify the perpetrator; (3) apprehend the perpetrator; and (4) provide evidence to support a conviction in court.  By doing these tasks, Christian criminal investigators join in God's mission of bringing wholeness to 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 Bachelor 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.

Examines the principles of restorative justice from a theological perspective and their application to human suffering. The biblical narrative of God’s love for the poor, widows, orphans, and foreigners will serve as the basis for study and practice. Group discussions, book reviews, research papers, and quizzes will help the student them better understand and engage in restorative justice.

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.

Comprehensive and engaging course discussing the examination of criminal investigation and the vital role that criminal evidence plays in the process.

Understand the trial process, types of evidence, the rules relating to relevance, hearsay (including the Confrontation Clause), documentary evidence, qualification of witnesses, privileges, presumptions, judicial notice, photographs, and character.

Focuses on successful interrogation in an interview when the subject is willing to yield details freely and honestly. The interrogator/interviewer must understand the subject's motivation, the basics of effective inquiry, and techniques of ethical and legal persuasion. Focuses on recognizing the deception process.

This is a course that exposes students to the dynamics associated to criminal investigations. Realistic scenarios pertaining to the crime scene investigation arena will be explored for the purpose of recognizing the importance of the historic measures that have been employed to investigate crime and the types of analyses that should be utilized to document, collect, and preserve evidence alike.

Criminological problems, their origins, and possible solutions are studied in a clear, practical, straightforward fashion. Students develop an understanding of today’s issues in criminology and are prepared to address and resolve the issues of tomorrow including white collar crime and corporate crime.

Optional Additional Courses

Crime Scene Management is a course that exposes students to the dynamics associated to criminal investigations and the managerial role that is expected within this vocation. Realistic scenarios pertaining to the crime scene investigation arena will be explored for the purpose of recognizing the importance of having a practical comprehension associated to the tools, practices, and policies that are mandated within this industry.

Course discusses how authorities can best conduct an investigation of trafficking.

This course will explore the phenomenon of rape and sexual crimes including; myths about rape and rapists, recovery from sexual assault, information about sex offenders, and sexual exploitation including human trafficking. Gaining a better understanding of the complexity of these issues will be gained by exploring and considering psychological, societal, legal and cultural contexts.

This course will offer instruction to help students understand the methods used in identifying physical, emotional and sexual abuse and neglect. The course will emphasize developing skills for working with children and families. This course will provide methods for referring families to public and private agencies that deal with child abuse/neglect investigations and treatment. This course will also examine the repercussions for failure to report suspected abuse and neglect.

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?

Child Support Investigator, Counter Intelligence Agent, Case Investigator, Civilian Investigator, Crime Investigator Special Agent, Crime Scene Investigator (CSI), Criminal Investigative Agent, Criminal Investigator, Deputy Sheriff, Deputy United States Marshal, Detective, Detective Constable, Detective Sergeant, Digital Forensic Investigator, FBI Investigator (Federal Bureau of Investigation Investigator), FBI Special Agent (Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent), Force Priorities and Vulnerabilities Team Investigator, Gang Investigator, Intelligence Officer, Investigation Officer, Investigative Analyst, Investigator, Major Case Detective, Master Police Detective, Missing Persons Investigator, Narcotics Detective, Police Detective, Police Officer, Police Staff Investigator, Postal Inspector, Special Agent, Special Crimes Investigator, State Trooper, Undercover Cop, Unemployment Insurance Fraud Investigator, Violent Crimes Detective



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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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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.