Inhibition of c-MYC has been considered as a potential therapy for lymphoma treatment. We explored a lentiviral vector-mediated small interfering RNA (siRNA) expression vector to stably reduce c-MYC expression in B cell line Jijoye cells and investigated the effects of c-MYC downregulation on cell growth, cell cycle, and apoptosis in vitro. The expression of c-MYC mRNA and protein levels were inhibited significantly by c-MYC siRNA. The c-MYC downregulation resulted in the inhibition of cell proliferation and cell cycle arrest at G2/M phase, which was associated with decreased expression of cyclin B and cyclin-dependent kinase 1 (CDK1) and increased expression of CDK inhibitor p21 proteins. In addition, downregulation of c-MYC induced cell apoptosis characterized by DNA fragmentation and caspase-3 activation. Taken together, these results suggest that lentiviral vector-mediated siRNA for c-MYC may be a promising approach for targeting c-MYC in the treatment of Burkitt lymphoma.