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Professional Leadership in Criminal Justice

Ready to earn your bachelor’s degree in criminal justice? You’ve got this with Tennessee Wesleyan’s new Professional Leadership in Criminal Justice program! Designed specifically for busy working adults like you, this program lets you earn your degree by attending class just one night a week. The best part? Depending on your earned college credit, you could earn your degree in as little as 18 months!

The Professional Leadership in Criminal Justice program features a 10-course, 30-credit hour core program, plus 30 hours of specialized study in administration of justice and behavioral science. With six starting points throughout the year and courses offered in a hybrid format, you can earn a degree on your schedule.

Classes will be held in Knoxville from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday evenings. Classes last for seven weeks each, and you will take four classes per semester, while still only attending class one night a week!

You will take courses including:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Writing for the Criminal Justice Professional
  • Multiculturalism and Diversity
  • Terrorism and Homeland Security
  • Crime Scene Investigation and Prioritization

Admissions information

Ready to apply? You've got this! Applicants must meet two of the following criteria:

  • Be at least 23 years old
  • Have been out of high school for at least one year
  • Work full-time
  • Have a dependent other than a spouse
  • Prior college experience
  • Financially independent

To apply for admission, submit the Tennessee Wesleyan undergraduate application for admission as well as high school and college transcripts. Upon receipt of application materials, candidates will be invited to our Knoxville site for an interview with Dr. Bill Watts, associate professor of criminal justice.

You may have work experience applies towards their academic credit. Through an exam process, you may challenge up to four courses, or 12 credit hours. Courses that may be challenged include Introduction to Criminal Justice, Speech in Criminal Justice, Corrections and Crime Scene Investigation.

Tuition and fees

Tuition for the Professional Leadership in Criminal Justice is $333 per credit hour, for a total of $1,000 per class.

Financial Aid

Some students may be eligible for federal and state aid. To determine your eligibility, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using school code 003525.