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.
- 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).
- 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
- Issues In Criminal Justice
- Terror And Counterterrorism
- World Criminal Justice Systems
- 24 months
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DisciplinesCriminology View 165 other Masters in Criminology in United States
- 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.
International17290 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 17290 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
National9466 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 9466 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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