24 months
35213 USD/year
35213 USD/year
14085 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Criminology and Criminal Justice program at Southern Illinois University offers a Master of Arts degree and a Doctoral degree. The graduate programs prepare students for advanced positions throughout criminal justice and the M.A provides the foundation for students who intend to continue with the Ph.D. 


Key Features

The majority of Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate students receive assistantship or fellowship funding. These provide a tuition waiver, medical benefits, and a monthly stipend. For assistantships there is an expectation of research and teaching assistance within the department.

Graduate degrees in Criminology and Criminal Justice program at Southern Illinois University provide students with numerous opportunities to advance their education, professional experiences, and scholarly accomplishments.

Graduate students work on a variety of research projects, including grants from federal and state agencies, and private foundations. Students frequently present original and faculty-sponsored research at professional meetings and before community organizations.

Faculty and students collaborate on journal publications, book chapters, and conference presentations. Funds are available to assist students presenting research at regional and national conferences.

Students have opportunities to gain experience as teaching assistants and select students are invited to serve as discussion leaders in our core curriculum course (Crime, Law and Social Diversity).

Graduate internship opportunities are available. One recent graduate interned with the Illinois Terrorism Task Force. Her outstanding work led to a permanent position with that organization.

Other recent graduates have accepted employment with a variety of international, federal, state, and local criminal justice and social service providers.

Many M.A. graduates continue their education at the doctoral level.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Criminal Procedure
  • Policing Communities
  • Risk Assessment and Prediction in Criminal Justice
  • Prevention of Crime and Delinquency
  • Criminal Violence
  • Women, Crime, and Justice
  • White-Collar Crime

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2.7 (on a grading scale with 4.0=A; approximately a "B-" average) on the last two years of Bachelor's coursework
  • 3.0 on all previous graduate work (approximately a "B" average)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    14085 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14085 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Carbondale

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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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