What will I learn?

This program is designed for high performing SIU CCJ students. The benefit to the accelerated M.A. is that accepted students are permitted to double count 9 credit hours toward both the B.A. and M.A. degrees, allowing them to achieve a B.A. and M.A. in CCJ within about 5-years’ time. This not only produces time-savings, but means lower overall tuition costs for the student.


Earning an M.A. more quickly than the traditional M.A. program can provide a competitive advantage to SIU CCJ students as they enter the job market.

For many criminal justice occupations, a Master’s degree can often serve as either a minimum requirement or a substitute for some length of relevant experience.

Many criminal justice agencies allocate for education pay – essentially, candidates are given additional salary because of their earned degree. The pay differential between someone with a Bachelor’s degree versus a Master’s degree can amount to several thousand dollars per year.

Many agencies require a Master’s degree for promotion within the job.


Course requirements include 4 core seminars below, plus 6-7 guided electives, and the capstone project.

CCJ 500 Foundations of Criminal Justice

CCJ 504 Criminological Theory

CCJ 510A Research Methods

CCJ 510B Introduction to Statistics

Students in the accelerated program are recommended to pursue the non-thesis track (requires 7 additional graduate electives and a non-thesis paper) versus the thesis track (6 other electives plus the thesis).

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
$30,000.00 (22,25,519) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected January, August, December 2022


College of Liberal Arts

Southern Illinois University,



62901, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Have completed your four-year bachelor’s degree;
Have completed a master's degree in criminology & criminal justice, or if you do not have a MA in criminology & criminal justice, then have a MA or MS with a minimum of 12 graduate units in criminology & criminal justice, sociology, psychology, political science, or other social science;
Earn a grade point average of at least 3.00 or better (A = 4.00) in all prior graduate coursework and in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.

If you are an international student, you will need to take the TOEFL English proficiency test and have that submitted (the minimum requirements for English proficiency by the SIU Graduate school are: 550 on the paper-based TOEFL; 213 on the computer-based TOEFL; 80 on the internet-based TOEFL; or, 6.5 on the IELTS).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Priding itself on its inclusivity, international students can enjoy a diverse campus community where 29% of the total enrolled are minority students.

  • Globally and Nationally ranked public research University
  • Over 200 majors, minors and specifications
  • Reduced tuition rates for eligible international students
  • Student population representing over 100 countries

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