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. Transcripts can be emailed from the university to Admissions@IllinoisState.edu or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Office of Admissions, 201 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 2200, Normal, IL 61790-2200
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
Additional Program Admission Requirements
A student applying to this program must:
have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for either the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework or any previous work in a master's program
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
describe your computer/technology skills
list your top three Criminal Justice research interest areas
list any prior research or teaching skills
submission of official GRE scores is optional for students applying for admission to the program (use institutional code 1319).
submission of official GRE scores is required for students wishing to be considered for graduate assistantship funding (use institutional code 1319).
Any applicant who is not a graduate of Illinois State University's Criminal Justice Sciences undergraduate program must submit two letters of recommendation to the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences.