Students at the graduate level develop strong foundations in research, methods, theories and systems of justice, criminology and crime policy, security, and law and society.
Students graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to understand the causes and consequences of crime and injustice, the responses by criminal and civil justice institutions, and what works to improve social conditions among affected individuals, communities, organizations, and countries.
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The MS in criminal justice prepares students to acquire jobs or advance their careers in the field of criminal justice policy and practice. Students receive the scientific foundations and practical insights required to evaluate, select, and implement criminal justice policies and practices that are effective, efficient, and fair. They also learn data analysis skills that equip them with the knowledge required for many policy-oriented and front-line operational positions. MS graduates are prepared to be leaders and change agents in the criminal justice field.
The MS program welcomes full- and part-time students and offers rolling admissions for fall, spring, and summer.
The MA in criminology, law and society prepares students to conduct high-quality scientific research in the criminal justice field. Students learn cutting-edge social science methods and data analysis skills for advancing knowledge in the social sciences and for making a difference in the development and evaluation of justice policies and practices. The MA prepares students to pursue advanced graduate studies at the doctoral level or for positions that require rigorous research skills.
Special Notice: The Policy and Practice concentration within the MA in Criminology, Law and Society is no longer being offered to prospective students. This concentration will be replaced by the MS in Criminal Justice program starting in fall 2018. The MA in Criminology, Law and Society described above will remain.
The PhD in criminology, law and society is designed to produce top academic scholars and leaders in policy and applied settings. Students coming to this program seek to make a difference in the development and evaluation of policy using cutting edge social science methods. The program provides a rigorous course of study that will prepare students to do research, teach, develop and test policies, and administer agencies and programs designed to administer law, deliver justice, reduce crime, and enhance domestic security.
The PhD program accepts students with or without a previous graduate degree. Students who enter the doctoral program with a bachelor's degree will earn the MA in criminology, law and society as an integral part of the doctorate.