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Criminal Justice Sciences, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

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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Living costs for Normal

  • 1100 - 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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