Why Choose Penn State Criminology?

  • Penn State's criminology graduate program is one of the nation's top programs in criminology and criminal justice.  We currently have 12 full-time tenure-track faculty (Eric Baumer, Richard Felson, Corina Graif, Derek Kreager, Holly Nguyen, Wayne Osgood, Dave Ramey, Barry Ruback, Eric Silver, Jeremy Staff, Darrell Steffensmeier, and Jeff Ulmer) with specialized expertise in criminology and criminal justice. 
  • Our faculty our leaders in the field: Four of our faculty are fellows of the American Society of Criminology (ASC), three have won the ASC Ruth Shonle Cavan Young Scholar Award, and two serve as editors of Criminology, the flagship journal for the discipline.
  • Penn State's criminology graduate program is located within a top-rated Sociology department. Students can earn a Ph.D. in either Sociology or Criminology.
  • We follow an apprenticeship approach to graduate training. Only 5 to 6 students are admitted each year to ensure small graduate classes and close interaction with faculty. We emphasize research collaboration and publishing with faculty.  
  • All of our students receive a full tuition waiver as well as coverage of student service fees. 
  • All of our students receive a graduate assistantship for the academic year, involving 20 hours per week of research or teaching-related duties. The assistantship carries with it a competitive stipend and payment of 80% of the cost of the required health insurance coverage. 
  • All of our students receive summer employment to facilitate professional development in research and teaching. 
  • All of our students receive approximately $1,000 in travel support each year from the department to attend a professional conference.