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Criminology, Pre-Law, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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As a major in Criminology, Pre-Law at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you'll receive the academic preparation you'll need for law school while also establishing qualifications for a career in criminal justice.

Many students complete internships related to the law and the legal system, such as working in a local prosecutor's office or in a state or federal agency.

With the generous number of free electives offered within this major, you can complete your pre-law minor without going past the credits needed for your bachelor's degree. With your remaining electives, consider adding classes in a foreign language or psychology.

For your pre-law track, you'll take seven courses that cover business, English, economics, history, philosophy, and political science. Courses in this track will help you develop the skills and knowledge you'll need for the law school admissions exam (LSAT) and for success in law school.

Along with offering a strong academic base for law school, this degree prepares you for careers in criminal justice. Nearly every level of government offers jobs in criminal justice. Graduates can pursue employment in local and state law enforcement, probation, parole, the custody and treatment of adult and youthful offenders, and private, commercial, and industrial security.

With a BA in Criminology from IUP, consider careers as a:

  • FBI agent
  • Secret Service agent
  • Local and state police officer
  • Parole officer
  • Jail and prison counselor
  • U.S. Marshal
  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agent
  • Homeland Security expert
  • Defense Investigative Services member
  • Counselor in juvenile and adult programs

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

At IUP, you'll take five required criminology courses and choose two courses from each of three areas:

  • The Criminal Justice System
  • Critical Issues in Criminology
  • Diversity Issues in Criminology

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.

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

General Requirements

  • $25 Application Fee
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
  • International Student Financial Statement
  • Official Transcripts
  • Passport Copy

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23872 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11936 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    15832 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7916 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    10950 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5475 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Indiana

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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