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WHAT IS AN ACCELERATED M.A. in CCJ?

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. 

WHY DO IT?

  • 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 WORK

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).

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

1st Semester Senior Year:  1 graduate seminar + undergraduate courses

2nd Semester Senior Year:  2 graduate seminars + undergraduate courses

Summer Following Senior Year: graduate directed reading or 400-level CCJ course 

1st Semester of Accelerated Program: 3 graduate seminars

2nd Semester of Accelerated Program: 3 graduate seminars + directed reading and capstone project

ADMISSION TO THE ACCELERATED M.A. PROGRAM

Minimum Requirements for Admission

  • SIU CCJ students with a minimum GPA of 3.25 (A=4.00);
  • Complete CCJ 316 and CCJ 317 prior to their senior year.

Application Process

Second semester juniors submit the following by March 15* using the “Apply Now” button in the Take The Next Step sidebar (located below the lefthand menu on this page):

  • Official transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement indicating why you are pursuing an M.A., what you plan to do upon graduation, information about your substantive areas of interest, and any other information about your strength as a student and scholar
  • GRE Scores are not required for this application
  • Students expecting to graduate in December should contact the graduate program director at ccjgraduate@siu.edu for more information about application deadlines