The criminal justice graduate program at Illinois State can help you take your career to the next level.
As a student in our program, you'll sharpen and further develop your skills. You'll also get a deeper perspective of the criminal justice field.
Our program is designed to give you the tools you need to advance in the field and be a stand out for competitive positions. The theories and principles we cover in the classroom can be applied to your current or future role in the field.
Overall, you'll gain a better understanding of policing, courts, and corrections. We study how each entity functions and operates. We also examine how they relate to each other, society, and the world.
Classes in our graduate program are small. This lets you work closely with other professionals and students. You'll engage in meaningful discussions on all the challenges and interesting topics in the criminal justice arena. This gives you a unique academic experience and introduces you to different perspectives.
A student applying to a master's program must:
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
To be considered for this program you must meet the following requirements.
You 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.
GRE scores are required if you’re seeking an assistantship. Score submission is optional for all other applicants.
Use institutional code 1319 to submit your scores to Illinois State.
Submit a goal state that includes the following information:
Upload your current resume to the online application system. Include any prior research or teaching skills.
If you are not a graduate of Illinois State’s Criminal Justice Sciences undergraduate program, you must submit two letters of recommendation to the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences.
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The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.
To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,
Graduate assistants receive
See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from contiguous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.
We offer tuition waivers to students who show promise for success and have not received a fellowship or other funding awards. Waivers cover tuition only. Recipients are responsible for any fees.
Tuition waivers are subject to funding availability. An email will be sent to all graduate students from the graduate coordinator prior to each deadline stating whether applications are being accepted. No more than three thesis audit hours can be covered by tuition waivers.
To be considered for a tuition waiver, you must meet the following requirements:
Fall consideration: August 20
Spring consideration: January 20
Summer consideration: May 20
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