The MA and PhD programs in criminology, law and society prepare students for careers in research, academia, criminal justice leadership, non‐profit organizations and public affairs. Students gain expertise across three areas (crime and crime policy; justice organizations and leadership; and justice and law) and receive rigorous training in research methods and analysis. Our multidisciplinary faculty specialize in the areas of program evaluation, policing, courts and corrections, justice health, social inequality and justice, and legal policy.
Students in our program benefit from Mason’s location in the Washington, DC metropolitan region and from the cutting-edge research of our faculty. The department is home to four research centers that provide the opportunity for students and faculty to collaborate on research projects that will be used to advance knowledge and improve the fields of criminology, law and society. Our students regularly interact with policymakers, partner with state and federal agencies, and work closely with practitioners in the field.
We encourage you to learn more about our faculty, research centers, and our graduate programs by reviewing our website. Please see the links to the left for detailed descriptions of our graduate degrees, information about the application process, and funding opportunities.