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Illinois Graduate Criminal Justice Schools with Master's and PhD Degree Programs

Illinois Graduate Criminal Justice Schools with Master's and PhD Degree Programs

University of Illinois - Chicago School of Criminal Justice

Located in the middle of Chicago, one of the country's largest cities, students are exposed to a lively and vibrant city with many issues and challenges that go along with it. This provides students with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train in this profession in an urban environment where it really counts. The school offers a number of different courses and concentrations in the criminal justice field. Students may study criminology, law, organizations, or research methods. The school offers bother undergraduate and graduate programs. It also offers both master degree programs and PhD degree programs. Students are also encouraged at all degree levels to take internships that get them involved in the community. This all makes this school one of the top-rated schools for criminal justice in the country. The school is recognized by top periodicals, such as US News and World Report as being one of the top schools.

Master of Science in Criminal Justice:

Students begin with a core education in the criminal justice field. They learn about key concepts relating to urban communities, multicultural communities, police procedure, law, and public policy. Students begin to understand what many of the challenges are in today's criminal justice professionals. Students will then be asked to pick an area of expertise. They will begin to do independent research that will eventually be used to support their master dissertations. Students work closely with faculty to make sure that they are on the right track and that they are using all of the technology and skills available to them. Students are also encouraged to participate in internships. These internships provide students with the opportunity to not only get involved with the community, but also to research from a firsthand perspective. Students witness the real-world effects of the theories, laws, and policies that were taught in class. Students who complete this program are qualified to work in a wide range of government positions at both the state and federal level. Students are also able to go on and pursue PhD degrees in their special areas of concentration.

PhD in Criminal Justice:

This program is for students who have already earned the Master of Science in criminal justice. Students who are in this program wish to gain a more advanced understanding of the key issues in the field, and of their own areas of concentration. Most students in this program are interested in scholarship and teaching at the university level. Students begin with a more advanced exploration of key concepts and ideas. Students then work closely with faculty members who guide them to the creation of their PhD dissertations. Students will do first-hand research as well as book and library research.

Contact Information:

Address: 601 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607-7113

Phone Number: (312) 996-7000

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