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Criminal Justice, Criminal Investigation Concentration, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Salem, IL, United States
Criminal investigation is an essential part of the functioning of the criminal justice system. All law enforcement agencies -- federal, state, local, and special -- conduct criminal investigation employing different methods. The Criminal Justice, Criminal Investigation Concentration program is offered by Salem State University.
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 The Criminal Justice, Criminal Investigation Concentration introduces you to various aspects of criminal investigation, i.e crime scene analysis, search and seizure, interrogation and witness interview, profiling of offenders economic offenses investigation, and use of forensics.

The program is designed to provide students with a broad liberal arts education coupled with a specialization in criminal justice. The curriculum integrates criminal justice theory, research, administration and policy. The faculty utilize innovative teaching styles and techniques to help students analyze substantive issues, develop verbal and writing skills, acquire proficiency in research methods, statistical analysis and computer applications and enhance critical thinking. Students may choose from one of two concentrations: Administration and Criminal Investigation Policy.

The Department of Criminal Justice is committed to provide a diverse, intellectually stimulating, student-centered environment that offers a variety of interactive academic and field experiences.  The Department will foster socially responsible leaders, who are committed to continuing scholarship and to regional and global goals.

Program Goals:

  • Increase students’ knowledge of crime, and of the criminal justice system and its components.
  • Expand students’ understanding of criminological theories and research and their relevance to criminal justice policies.
  • Develop students’ critical thinking, oral and written communication skills, and problem solving capabilities.
  • Expand students’ appreciation of social responsibility, ethics, and diversity.

Our Mission

Salem State University's mission is to provide a high quality, student-centered education that prepares a diverse community of learners to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society, and serve as a resource to advance the region's cultural, social and economic development.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Corrections
  •  Administration of Criminal Justice
  •  Theories of Crime and Justice
  •  Police Studies: Analysis and Research
  •  Comparative Criminal Justice
  •  Criminal Justice Research I: Research Methods
  •  Criminal Justice Research II: Statistics

For more information please visit the program website.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Complete the online application
  • Send us your transcripts
  • Submit your standardized test scores
  • Submit Proof of English Language Proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11675 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11675 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Salem

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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