This MA is for students who seek to make an impact on justice, law, and crime policy. The department is internationally renowned for its applied research in policing, courts, and corrections, with particular emphases in organizational change, community partnerships, crime and place, rehabilitation and recidivism, and social justice. Our students gain enhanced skills in analysis and policy evaluation to help prepare for competitive, sought-after positions in law enforcement, corrections, and research and advocacy, or to pursue advanced graduate studies.
Our top-ranked program takes advantage of the university's proximity to many justice organizations at the federal, state, and local levels in the capital region. Students benefit from regular access to leaders in the justice and security fields who give lectures and visit our classes. In partnership with faculty, practitioners, and organizations in the criminal justice system, our students learn about how evidence-based practices can make this system fairer and more effective.
A further distinction of Mason’s criminology, law and society MA program is its multidisciplinary departmental faculty, whose wide-range of expertise—including in law, sociology, psychology, political science, and criminology—gives students a rich variety of perspectives. Likewise, our students range from recent graduates to mid-career professionals, and each benefit from their classmates’ different backgrounds and experience.