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Located in Terre Haute, Indiana, Indiana State University is a nationally ranked public research university that consistently ranks among the best schools in the Midwest. The school blends research and teaching, providing space for personal and intellectual growth. And programs like Criminology and Criminal Justice offer rigorous research opportunities and hands-on learning experiences.

Program Features

Indiana State University offers a Master of Science and a Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice. The MA degree program represents the more traditional approach to the study of criminology and requires the completion and defense of a formal thesis. The MS program, on the other hand, has a more applied emphasis, designed for students seeking a terminal master’s degree. Core courses include:

  • Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Criminological Theories
  • Research in Criminology


Indiana State University’s Criminal Justice MS program is a 36-credit program with concentrations in Law Enforcement or Corrections. The MA program is a 33-credit program with a thesis requirement. For students who wish further hands-on experience, the school offers opportunities for internships and research projects (through the Department of Correction, a Federal Penitentiary, and various state, county, and local police agencies).



Indiana State University’s accredited online criminal justice master’s degree is a 36-credit hour program designed for those who seek advanced positions in criminal justice or plan to attend law school. All courses are offered online and with no campus visits required. These courses include criminological theories, ethics in criminal justice, and law and society. Two concentrations are available so that students may tailor their degree to suit interests and career goals. These concentrations include corrections and law enforcement. Indiana State is a nationally ranked institution. In fact, major publications like U.S. News and World Report rank the school among the top public institutions.


Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice