Criminology Program Requirements

The Criminology program is limited to full-time students who intend to pursue the Ph.D. and who are interested in graduate training that emphasizes research, teaching and scholarship. Admission is highly selective. Approximately 5-6 new students enter the program each year, ensuring that students have close interaction with the faculty. All admitted students receive a full-tuition waiver.

Master's Degree

The M.A. program is intended for students who plan to go on to pursue a Ph.D. Over 30 credits of course work and a master’s thesis are required for the master’s degree. This course work includes two courses in statistical methods, one in general research methods, a crime theory course, a course on the criminal justice system, an elective seminar in sociology, and at least four 500-level substantive criminology courses. Finally, the Graduate School requires that M.A. candidates complete 6 thesis credits. These are earned while writing the M.A. thesis.

Doctoral Degree

Doctoral students must complete all courses required for the M.A. degree or their equivalents. In addition, they must take at least four 500-level courses in criminology and a 1-credit lab in teaching.

Doctoral students must also select, in consultation with their advisory committees, 12 credits of course work outside the Criminology program. This concentration must consist of 500-level courses that provide a solid grounding in a social science discipline that can be applied to the study of criminology. Examples would include urban sociology, social psychology, human development, and American government institutions, among many other possibilities.

All Ph.D. candidates must pass a comprehensive exam and complete a high quality scholarly dissertation.

The Criminology program has no formal foreign language or communication requirement.