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Degree Programs

  • Doctoral degree The Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology and Criminal Justice trains students to conduct original research that generates new insights on issues of scientific and public policy importance. This degree emphasizes comprehensive training in theory, research methods, and statistics delivered by faculty members recently ranked as having the most productive criminology program in the country.
  • Master's The master's degree trains students to be informed, knowledgeable users of scientific research that examines criminal behavior and public policy responses to crime. Many master's students ultimately will pursue the Ph.D.
  • Combined BS to MS program This program provides academically talented undergraduate students the opportunity to expeditiously complete both degrees.
  • Online master's (distance learning) The master's program in criminal justice studies is specifically designed for working criminal justice professionals and others who want the rigor and challenge of a first-rate graduate program but also need the convenience and flexibility that distance learning provides.
  • Joint master's degree with public administration This joint master's degree program in criminology and public administration prepares graduate students for overlapping careers in criminal justice management.
  • Joint master's degree with social work This joint master's degree program is for graduate students who want to expand their understanding of the connection between these two fields and gain expertise in work with forensic clients.