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Graduate Program

The Department of Criminal Justice Sciences offers a program leading to the M.A. or M.S. degree. The Master of Arts degree requirements include:

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

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).

    • Note: The current comprehensive exam dates are listed in the forms section.
  • For more details regarding program requirements including specific course requirements and course descriptions please refer to the Graduate Catalog.

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.

Graduate Program Coordinator

Dr. Jason Ingram

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Illinois State University

Department of Criminal Justice Sciences
Normal, Il 61790-5250
Phone: (309) 438-7626

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