The Criminology and Criminal Justice program offers a Master of Arts degree and a Doctoral degree. The graduate programs prepare students for advanced positions throughout criminal justice and the M.A provides the foundation for students who intend to continue with the Ph.D. Within the curriculum, students can choose courses among various substantive specializations and elect to work with faculty whose research most closely fits their own areas of interest. Job prospects are plentiful with a graduate degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. We have successful alumnae from this program working in all areas of criminal justice, in several countries, and some prominent criminology faculty at other universities! The Graduate Program Director is Dr. Julie Hibdon.
The Criminology and Criminal Justice program enjoys a national and international reputation for quality research and education. We focus on analyzing criminal justice, social justice, and crime prevention. The program prepares its graduates with the analytic capabilities and problem-solving skills that enable them to succeed in professional careers in criminal justice and related agencies, in policy analysis and research, or in continued graduate or professional education in preparation for an academic career. The focus of the curriculum is theoretically driven, empirically-based criminal justice and crime prevention that takes a problem-solving approach.
- The majority of Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate students receive assistantship or fellowship funding. These provide a tuition waiver, medical benefits, and a monthly stipend. For assistantships there is an expectation of research and teaching assistance within the department.
- Graduate degrees in Criminology and Criminal Justice provide students with numerous opportunities to advance their education, professional experiences, and scholarly accomplishments.
- Graduate students work on a variety of research projects, including grants from federal and state agencies, and private foundations. Students frequently present original and faculty-sponsored research at professional meetings and before community organizations.
- Faculty and students collaborate on journal publications, book chapters, and conference presentations. Funds are available to assist students presenting research at regional and national conferences.
- Students have opportunities to gain experience as teaching assistants and select students are invited to serve as discussion leaders in our core curriculum course (Crime, Law and Social Diversity).
- Graduate internship opportunities are available. One recent graduate interned with the Illinois Terrorism Task Force. Her outstanding work led to a permanent position with that organization.
- Other recent graduates have accepted employment with a variety of international, federal, state, and local criminal justice and social service providers.
- Many M.A. graduates continue their education at the doctoral level.