Ball State offers a variety of certificate programs to supplement your education in a specific, focused area of study outside of, or related to, your degree program. Certificate programs are shorter in length than a traditional program. A certificate is a great complement to a degree or can be used to show you have received specialized training in an area in which you don’t have a degree.

The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology has two certificates available. The advanced professionalism certificate is offered in conjunction with the Miller College of Business and can prepare you for the professional world. The corrections certificate (21 credits) will give you specialized training to work in the field of corrections. This proposed program would target correctional officers working in prisons and jails, probation and parole officers, community corrections officers, and employees of private businesses who are seeking promotions that have educational requirements.

All certification requirements must be met within five years unless the college dean and department chairperson approves an extension of time.  Students will receive a printed certificate acknowledging their completion of the program from the department.