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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).



Best-Choice-Schools-Top-Online-Criminology-Degrees-2017Once again Indiana State University was named as one of the best colleges for an online criminology (or related) degree in our recent ranking. The ranking was created using information from the National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator database. Factors taken into account to determine rank included student-to-faculty ratio, tuition rate, admissions selectivity, and graduation rate. Editors at Best Choice Schools highlighted the affordable undergraduate tuition, relatively low student-to-faculty ratio, and higher than average graduation rate. Best Choice Schools' mission is to provide high-quality, well-researched rankings and other resources for individuals looking for information about top quality higher education. Indiana State is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a best national university and its online bachelor’s degree programs have also earned recognition The article can be found here:



badges-2016-best-value-law-enforcement.pngThe CCJ Program has been recognized as one the best online programs in the country. SR Education Group, an education research publisher founded in 2004 released its rankings and Indiana State University is ranked among OnlineU's 2016 Best Value Online Colleges for Law and Criminal Justice Degrees! These rankings represent schools across the nation that are making an effort to provide the best value for students seeking online degrees. Due to exceptional affordability along with academic strength, Indiana State University made the rankings at #10 in online Law Enforcement degrees! The full ranking is available here:

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