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Corrections Certificate

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If you want to pursue entry-level positions in a corrections facility, or want to advance in your current corrections career, Purdue Global's online Corrections Certificate program may provide you with the necessary skills and credentials to excel in this rapidly growing, increasingly complex career field.

Corrections Certificate Program Highlights

Our online certificate program is designed to meet the regulatory and continuing professional education requirements for corrections officers and employees of community-based corrections programs. In this program you will:

  • Study the U.S court system and contemporary legal issues in prisons, jails, and other correctional facilities
  • Explore the administrative and operational aspects of corrections in the United States, with a focus on topics such as inmate rights, correctional staffing, overcrowding, and privatization
  • Examine the purposes, objectives, and standards of care associated with various types of corrections programs and institutions, with emphasis on intervention strategies and community alternatives to incarceration

Admissions Requirements

Students who do not possess an associate's or bachelor's degree within the criminal justice field from an accredited institution at the time of admission may be admitted to the program after providing proof that they have been employed in law enforcement, the military, or an associated area of criminal justice within the last 18 months prior to enrollment. Admission to the program is at the discretion of the Dean based on a review of work experience and other relevant criteria.

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Qualified credits earned in fulfillment of this certificate program may be transferable to certain Purdue Global degree programs.*

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Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

This program is designed to prepare you to seek employment at the following:

  • Local corrections facility
  • State corrections facility
  • Federal corrections facility

As a corrections officer, you may be called on to help the police investigate prison inmates.

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How Do I Get Started?

Purdue Global offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.


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April 18, 2018

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June 06, 2018

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July 05, 2018

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August 01, 2018

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August 22, 2018

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September 19, 2018

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October 17, 2018

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November 07, 2018

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December 05, 2018

What Courses Will I Take?

Curriculum in this certificate program focuses on today's complex corrections field, exploring related principles. standards, and operations. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Corrections
  • Introduction to Constitutional Law
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Crime Prevention
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Program Requirements
  • Major Credits36
  • Total Credits36

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Tuition and Fees

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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$371.00 cost per credit
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Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

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*The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs.

Local, state, and federal correctional/probation officer jobs and law enforcement positions may require additional training or education including additional state-approved higher education beyond the Purdue Global degree. This program was not designed to meet any specific state’s requirements, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information. Graduates of Purdue Global criminal justice programs are not eligible to attend police academies in Minnesota.

Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as developed and used by Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.