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Admissions Information

Application Deadlines

Degree Requirements


Financial Assistance





Graduate Director

Johnson, Brian D., Full Member

Distinguished University Professor

Lafree, Gary D., Full Member

Laub, John H., Full Member

Sherman, Lawrence W., Full Member


Dugan, Laura, Full Member

Gottfredson, Denise C., Full Member

Johnson, Brian D., Full Member

McGloin, Jean M., Full Member

Reuter, Peter H., Full Member

Simpson, Sally S., Full Member

Associate Professor

Maimon, David, Full Member

Wish, Eric D., Full Member

Xie, Min, Full Member

Assistant Professor

Jacobsen, Wade, Full Member

Nakamura, Kiminori, Full Member

Porter, Lauren, Full Member

Tahamont, Sarah, Full Member


Brooks, Laure Weber, Full Member

Professor Emeritus

Wellford, Charles F., Full Member

More CRIM Faculty Information

Criminology and Criminal Justice (CRIM)   

Program Title and Classification

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Graduate Degree Program

College: Behavioral and Social Sciences


The program of graduate study leading to a Traditional Master of Arts and Doctorate of Philosophy degrees in the area of Criminology and Criminal Justice is intended to prepare students for research, teaching and professional employment in operational agencies within the field of criminal justice. This program combines an intensive background in a social science discipline such as criminology, criminal justice, sociology, psychology and public policy with graduate-level study of selected aspects of crime and criminal justice.

In addition, the Department offers a joint J.D./M.A. degree with the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, located in Baltimore.

A recent study of Department M.A. and Ph.D. alumni reveals that master’s degree graduates have found employment in both public and private institutions in virtually every kind of activity associated with the criminal justice system: research; teaching; federal, state and local law enforcement; courts; corrections; private security; and funded programs. Ph.D. graduates have found employment mostly in teaching, research, and government agency administration.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • CV/Resume
  • Writing Sample

In addition to the general Graduate School rules, special admission requirements include a major in a social science discipline and nine hours of coursework in appropriate areas of criminal justice.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
15 Dec
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
15 Dec

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

Thesis only: 30 credits required

CCJS 600: Criminal Justice (3 credits)

CCJS 610: Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology (3 credits)

CCJS 620: Fundamentals of Criminological Research (3 credits)

CCJS 621: General Linear Models in Criminal Justice Research (3 credits)

CCJS 651: Seminar in Criminology (3 credits)

CCJS 799: Master's Thesis Research (6 credits)

Electives (9 credits)


For the M.A. applicant, the undergraduate major must have included at least one course each in theory, statistics and research methods. The general plan of study for the Traditional M.A. is as follows: 30 semester hours of courses consisting of: 1) five required courses that must be passed with a 'B' or better (including two statistics courses); 2) six hours of thesis credit; and 3) three elective courses.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

Doctoral students who enter the program with a B.A. or B.S. must complete the master's requirements in addition to the doctoral level requirements. Students who enter with a M.S. or M.A. are required to complete only the doctoral level requirements.

Doctoral level requirements:

CCJS 650: Research Practicum (3 credits)

CCJS 654: History of Criminological Thought (3 credits)

CCJS 700: Advanced Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3 credits)

CCJS 710: Advanced Statistics Methods - Limited Dependent Variables (3 credits)

CCJS 720: Criminal Justice System Planning: Policy Analysis for Crime Control (3 credits)

Electives, one of which taken outside of department (15 credits)

Advanced Statistics course (3 credits)

CRIM 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research (12 credits)



Students whose highest degree is a BA/BS may choose to apply for entry either into the Traditional Masters program or directly into the Ph.D. program. Students admitted directly into the Ph.D. program will complete the requirements of the Traditional Masters program before beginning Ph.D.-level work.

In addition to the general Graduate School requirements, competence in research methodology and in quantitative techniques is expected for the completion of the Ph.D. degree, as well as competence in theory and the criminal justice field. The necessary coursework is determined on the basis of the student's previous preparation, needs and interests. The candidate is also required to pass a clinical assessment before advancing to candidacy.


Facilities and Special Resources

The Department has various opportunities for graduate students to participate in current projects. Recent students have worked in research centers at the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), and the National Institute of Justice. In addition, our faculty maintain an array of ongoing, funded research projects where students can assist. These resources provide numerous opportunities for students to engage in policy development, research, and professional activities.

Financial Assistance

Graduate research assistantships, teaching assistantships, scholarships, and fellowships are available to select individuals applying to our doctoral program. In recent years many admitted doctoral students receive funding through assistantships, and some may be awarded supplemental scholarships or fellowships offered by the Department, the BSOS Dean’s Office, or The Graduate School. Applications should be received by December 1st of the preceding Fall term for best consideration.

Contact Statement

A brochure describing the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and its programs is available upon request. Please direct all inquiries to



Graduate Program Coordinator, Lauren Grant

2220 LeFrak Hall

College Park Maryland, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-6838

Fax: (301) 405-4733">


Associated Information


Criminology; Quantitative Crime, Criminological Theory, Juvenile Delinquency, Crime and the Life Course, Victimology. Criminal Justice; Policing, Courts, Corrections, Policy Analysis, Prevention, START.