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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.
- Statement of Purpose
- TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international graduate students)
- Letters of Recommendation (3)
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- 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: www.gradschool.umd.edu/admissions
|Type of Applicant||Fall|
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at https://ccjs.umd.edu/landing/Graduate
Master of Arts (M.A.)
|Total Credits||Core 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.)
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.
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.
A brochure describing the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and its programs is available upon request. Please direct all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate Program Coordinator, Lauren Grant
2220 LeFrak Hall
College Park Maryland, 20742
Telephone: (301) 405-6838
Fax: (301) 405-4733
Criminology; Quantitative Crime, Criminological Theory, Juvenile Delinquency, Crime and the Life Course, Victimology. Criminal Justice; Policing, Courts, Corrections, Policy Analysis, Prevention, START.