During a typical year, between 50 and 55 students are engaged in full-time graduate training in sociology at Penn State. Those working toward the M.A. must complete 36 credits, including at least one course in theory, three in statistics and methods, and a breadth requirement. Students occasionally enroll in larger classes, but most of their course work takes place in seminars with six to twelve members. A thesis prepared in journal-article format is required for the M.A. as well.
Penn State's Criminology graduate program is one of the nation's top programs in criminology and criminal justice. During the last four academic years alone, our students have won five national paper competitions, three nationally competitive dissertation fellowships, and two competitive pre-doctoral fellowships from the National Consortium on Violence Research. These accomplishments demonstrate the high-quality advanced education that we offer to students interested in careers involving research, teaching, and scholarship.