Criminal Justice Sciences

Illinois State University

12 months
17651 USD/year
17651 USD/year
9676 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Department of Criminal Justice Sciences at Illinois State University offers a program leading to the M.A. or M.S. degree.


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.

Learning outcomes

Criminal Justice Sciences students at Illinois State University 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).

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
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


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.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated 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.
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).

Other requirements

General requirements

A student applying to a master's program must:

  • have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
  • present official transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17651 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17651 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    17651 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17651 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    9676 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9676 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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