M.S. Applied Criminology

The M.S. in Applied Criminology provides students with a professional program of study focused on the social and practical problems surrounding the creation and implementation of law and justice policy in local, national and international environments.  Students can focus their studies in the areas of communities and justice, socio-legal policies and practices and transnational crime and justice.

Overview of the Program

The M.S. in Applied Criminology is a 36 hour program consisting of 30 units of class-based coursework and 6 units of a Capstone project.  Capstone project options are: thesis, internship, comprehensive exam, or justice education practicum.  Each student will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors to build a program of study tailored to that student's career goals.

Overview of the Program Requirements

Program Specifics

Foundation Courses (9 units)

Focus Area (9 units)

Capstone Project: In addition to 30 units of coursework, students will complete one of the following capstone projects:

Thesis - original qualitative or quantitative research in criminology.

Elective Units - Student who complete one focus area must complete 12 units of additional elective course work approved by the student's Graduate Committee.  Students who complete a second 9-unit focus area will take 3 additional units of approval elective course work.


Our faculty represent specializations encompassing the full range of social, legal, and criminal justice topics.  The curriculum also provides flexibility for you to pursue interdisciplinary coursework related to criminal justice.


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