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Admission to our master’s and doctoral programs are competitive.  Applications are reviewed by a five-member panel of faculty from The Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice.  To apply, first be sure that you meet the requirements.  Then submit the documents through the on-line Apply Now link from SIU’s Graduate School below.

For the Master’s Degree:

Review Deadlines

  • To be given full consideration for funding, complete applications must be submitted by December 1, however we will accept and review MA applications on a rolling basis through May 15. We may consider applications up through June 1, but we cannot consider applications past that date.
  • Applications for spring admissions will be evaluated by November 1st.   We will not consider admission for the spring past the November 1st deadline unless there are exigent circumstances.

Minimum Requirements for Admission*

  • Have completed your four-year bachelor’s degree by the time you are admitted to the program;
  • Have an undergraduate degree in criminology & criminal justice or related major (e.g., administration of justice), or have a minimum of 12 units in sociology, psychology, political science, or other social science;
  • Earn a grade point average of at least 2.70 or better (A = 4.00) on approximately the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.

* Note: Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission; our admission process is competitive and the best candidates will be admitted.

Master’s Application Process

  • Have the Educational Testing Service (ETS) submit your scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), aptitude portion only, to SIU’s Graduate School;
  • Have your undergraduate institution submit an official copy of your transcript.  We will review a copy of a transcript, but admission is contingent on having an official transcript sent from the institution to SIU’s Graduate School;
  • Have three letters of recommendation, preferably from your college instructors or other professionals in a position to relay your potential as a scholar, sent through the Apply Now website (instructions will be sent to the persons writing your letters).  There is also an evaluation form they will need to complete.  Evaluations coming from other professionals will be considered, but the committee will want to have feedback on your academic potential.  We recommend that you waive your right to review the letters so that the authors feel they can write a candid assessment;
  • Submit a personal statement.  The statement should highlight your academic achievements as well as your goals for completing our master’s program.  The goals should include academic and professional aims.  Address how our department can assist you in your professional aims;
  • Be sure to indicate whether you want to be considered for a paid graduate assistantship for the academic year.  Graduate assistants help faculty members with teaching and research tasks;
  • If you are an international student, you will need to take the TOEFL English proficiency test and have that submitted with your application (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). 

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For the Doctoral Program

Review Deadlines

  • To be given full consideration for funding, complete applications must be submitted by December 1, however we will accept and review PhD applications through March 15. We will not consider admission for the spring semester unless there are exigent circumstances.

Minimum Requirements for Admission

  • 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.

Doctoral Application Process

  • Have ETS submit your scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), aptitude portion only, to SIU’s Graduate School.  Even with a master’s or other graduate degree in hand, students will need to submit GRE scores;
  • Have your undergraduate and graduate institutions submit an official copy of your transcript.  We will review a copy of a transcript, but admission is contingent on having an official transcript sent from the institution to SIU’s Graduate School;
  • Have three letters of recommendation, preferably from your college instructors or other professionals in a position to relay your potential as a scholar, sent through the Apply Now website (instructions will be sent to the persons writing your letters).  There is also an evaluation form they will need to complete.  We recommend that you waive your right to review the letters so that the authors feel they can write a candid assessment.  Letters of recommendation for the doctoral program should speak to the applicant’s academic abilities as well as potential as a scholar. 
  • Submit a personal statement.  The statement should highlight your academic achievements as well as your goals for completing the doctoral program.  The doctoral program in criminology & criminal justice is research intensive; therefore, a successful personal statement will specifically address the research goals of the applicant.  Also, you should address how our department can assist you in your professional and academic aims. In your personal statement, please address the following (you may enumerate them if you wish):
    1. Tell us what interests you about the study of crime and the criminal justice system's response to crime.
    2. Tell us what kinds of research projects you have worked on in your graduate studies. Include any outcomes (papers or presentations) and tell us your role in the research process.
    3. Tell us why you want to earn a doctorate in criminology & criminal justice.
    4. Why do you want to study for your doctorate at the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University Carbondale?
  • 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).

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