Criminal Justice Sciences

Illinois State University

24 months
17290 USD/year
9466 USD/year
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The Department of Criminal Justice Sciences offers a program leading to the M.A. or M.S. degree.

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The Master of Arts degree requirements include:

  • A minimum of four semesters (or its equivalent) in one foreign language and
  • A a satisfactory score on a University administered language examination approved by the Graduate School.

Students admitted to the graduate program who do not have an undergraduate degree in criminal justice or a related field may be required to take preparatory courses at the undergraduate level.

Program Requirements

  • The Department offers both thesis and comprehensive examination options for completion of the master's degree.
  • Thesis Option: Must complete 32 hours of course work including CJS 499 (thesis research) for six (6) hours of credit.
  • Comprehensive Option: Must complete 34 hours of coursework, including four (4) hours of independent study and successfully pass a comprehensive examination in four areas (research methods, statistics, criminological theory, and an elective field).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods
  • Criminal Procedure And Evidence
  • Experiences In International Justice
  • Family Violence: Cross-cultural Perspectives
  • Race, Ethnicity, And Criminal Justice
  • Correctional Institutions
  • Criminalizing Mental Illness
  • Criminal Behavior Analysis
  • Communication Skills In Criminal Justice
  • Sex Offenders And The Criminal Justice System
  • Alcohol, Drugs, And Crime
  • Women In Criminal Justice
  • Victimology
  • Issues In Criminal Justice
  • Terror And Counterterrorism
  • World Criminal Justice Systems

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
3 (required)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent
  • Official transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State
  • submit your typed goal statement. The goal statement should focus on your background, rationale for pursuing a Master's degree in criminal justice, long-term career goals, and research interests in the field of Criminal Justice sciences
  • provide a resume
  • list your top three Criminal Justice research interest areas
  • list any prior research or teaching skills
  • submit official GRE Scores
  • Two letters of recommendation to the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17290 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17290 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    9466 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9466 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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