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Criminology and Criminal Justice M.A./M.S.
The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice offers the master of arts (M.A.) and the master of science (M.S.) degrees for academic criminologists and criminal justice professionals who are seeking to advance their careers or start new ones. Both programs allow working criminal justice professionals to obtain the academic credentials they need to move forward in the field of criminology and criminal justice.
Special Note: Due to the popularity of these programs, applicants may be wait-listed pending an opening.
Master of Arts
- The master of arts (M.A.) is a 33-credit-hour program.
- Available to students who intend to continue their graduate studies toward the doctorate in criminology, criminal justice, or other fields.
- The emphasis of this program is research.
- A thesis is required and is viewed as preparatory work for the rigors of a doctoral dissertation.
Master of Science
- The master of science (M.S.) is a 36-credit-hour program.
- Available to students who intend this as their terminal degree or for persons who plan to attend law school.
- Graduates possess the knowledge required for professional practice in criminal justice careers and the skills needed to be intelligent, critical consumers of research information.
All courses are offered on-line; on-campus visits are not required. High-speed Internet access is required.[ list all for M.A. ] [ list all for M.S. ]
Applicants must satisfy the following minimum requirements:
- Hold a baccalaureate degree granted by a regionally accredited institution (for international students, a degree granted by a recognized institution).
- Have earned one of the following:
- a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in all undergraduate coursework
- a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
- a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in the applicant's major field of study
- a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all courses taken at the graduate level
- Completion of the following undergraduate courses or their equivalents:
- Dynamics of Criminal and Delinquent Behavior (CRIM 427)—3 credits
- Juvenile Delinquency (CRIM 423)—3 credits
- Courses in Sociology, Psychology, Political Science—12 credits
- Submit a one- to two-page typewritten statement of purpose that includes the following: career goals, including professional achievement; academic experience to date; and how a master's in criminology and criminal justice from Indiana State University will assist the applicant in achieving personal and professional goals.
- Provide three letters of recommendation from academic/professional resources. Not more than one of the letters can be from the Indiana State University Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
- International applicants must submit official scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or provide equivalent evidence of language proficiency.
- The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required.
Note: Criminology 427 and 423, or their equivalents, must be taken as undergraduate courses prior to admission to the graduate program. However, a student will be able to take six credits of undergraduate criminology and criminal justice coursework plus six credits of graduate work in other departments under a tentative admission status. The twelve credits of courses required in the social sciences may be taken for undergraduate credit at the same time as graduate courses are taken toward the degree.
The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
- Apply online. Please upload and attach three letters of recommendation and your statement of purpose as part of the online application process.
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges previously attended. To be official, transcripts must be sent directly from the college attended to: Indiana State University, Graduate Admissions, Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, IN, 47809. E-transcripts should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Submit a $35.00 (nonrefundable) application fee, payable by Visa, MasterCard, or check or money order payable to
Indiana State University. Submit payment to: Indiana State University, Graduate Admissions, Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth
Street, Terre Haute, IN, 47809.
Note: Effective August 1, 2014, the application fee will be $45.00 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and $65.00 for international applicants.
- International applicants must submit official scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or provide equivalent evidence of language proficiency. Submit scores to: Indiana State University, Graduate Admissions, Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, IN, 47809.
Once admitted, students receive notification from the University as well as their University ID number needed to activate their Sycamore login on the MyISU Portal. The Portal offers access to online registration, University records, and other important University services, including e-mail, and University announcements.
Note: Returning ISU students must apply for re-admission if they have not attended ISU for more than two calendar years.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure admission. Applications received after the following deadlines may be wait-listed pending an opening:
- Fall semester: March 1
- Spring semester: October 1
- Summer session: March 1
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Financial Aid & Assistance:
Graduate students may be eligible for federal student loans if they are admitted into graduate degrees (or first-time teacher certification programs) and meet other eligibility requirements. Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Private alternative loans can help students pay college expenses that may not be covered by federal loan programs or other financial aid. For more information, visit financial aid.
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Indiana State Online Students Residing Outside of Indiana: Each of the states has its own approval processes for out-of-state institutions offering online degrees. While Indiana State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all ISU online programs may not be available in all states. Currently, online programs are not offered in the states of Arkansas and Massachusetts. To check the status of programs available in a particular state, visit program availability.
The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.