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Criminal Justice, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The program includes four main areas: general education, public affairs and policy, criminal justice, and general electives. A total of 120 credit hours with a 2.0 cumulative GPA and a minimum GPA of 2.3 in all courses in the public affairs and concentration areas are required.

General EducationThe General Education requirements are based on five (5) principles. These principles guide undergraduate students in their educational experience at Indiana University Northwest and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. By fulfilling these requirements, students will have an opportunity to develop effective learning and communication skills (principle 1 requirements), a mastery of core concepts in a broad range of disciplines (Principle 2), the ability to analyze and synthesize information (Principle 3), an awareness of diversity (Principle 4),and ethical consideration (Principle 5).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:Public Affairs and Policy (4 courses)Four courses from the following: SPEA E272 Introduction to Environmental Science (3 cr.) SPEA V170 Introduction to Public Affairs: National and International Issues and Analysis (3 cr.) SPEA V263 Public Management (3 cr.) SPEA V264 Urban Structure and Policy (3 cr.) SPEA V348 Management Science (3 cr.)Concentration (12 courses)All of the following courses: SPEA J101 American Criminal Justice System (3 cr.) SPEA J102 Special Issues in the American Criminal Justice System (3 cr.) SPEA J201 Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Justice Policies (3 cr.) SPEA J202 Criminal Justice Data, Methods, and Resources (3 cr.) SPEA J301 Substantive criminal Law (3 cr.) Three additional courses in criminal justiceGeneral Electives (approximately 7 courses)Students must take additional courses beyond the requirements listed above to meet the minimum B.S. degree requirements of 120 credit hours.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

All students who are interested in IU need to be aware of the high school prerequisites before applying to IU. Applicants should complete at least 34 credits (or semesters) of college-preparatory courses, advanced placement courses, and/or college courses in high school. We focus mainly on the academic performance and preparation of the applicant throughout high school.

You can share standards, but only Admissions staff members can assess a student’s admissibility. Though we will consider additional factors, our admissions decisions are primarily based on academics.

  • Class rank
  • Academic program
  • Grade trends
  • Personal statements
  • Essays
  • Letters of recommendation
  • SAT or ACT are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    614 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 614 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    614 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 614 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    220 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 220 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Gary

  • 956 - 1550 USD/month
    Living Costs

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