The Department of Criminal Justice offers academic work leading to the Master of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice. The Masters of Arts Program is organized into four curricular areas that include: the nature and development of rules, rule-breaking behavior, rule application, and research methodology. An interdepartmental specialization in Women's Studies is available to students in the Masters Program. The Department of Criminal Justice also co-sponsors, with the College of Pharmacy, a program leading to the Master of Science in Forensic Science. Programs are designed for careers in research, evaluation, and criminal justice administration. Building on the above mentioned general curricular areas, the Doctor of Philosophy degree offers additional coursework in theory, substantive specialties, and research methods. Concentrations are offered in law and society, criminology, and organization of criminal justice institutions.

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is the largest institution of higher learning in the Chicago area, and is recognized by its peers as a center for high quality teaching, research and public service. Located in the heart of America's third-largest city, UIC offers opportunities for study and research that extend far beyond the borders of its 187-acre campus. It is one of only 88 universities in the United States to earn the prestigious Research I designation from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Its faculty attracts more than $90 million every year in research funding. About one-third of UIC's 25,000 students are graduate students, representing a diverse racial, economic and personal backgrounds. On campus, students will find research facilities and specialized centers in a wide range of fields spanning the fine arts and the humanities, and the physical, biomedical, social and behavioral sciences.