The PhD program is designed to produce top academic scholars and leaders in policy and applied settings. It brings cutting edge social science methods to the disciplines of criminology and law and society. Students coming to this program seek to make a difference in the development and evaluation of policy in these fields. The goal of this program is to provide a rigorous course of study that will prepare students to do research, teach, develop and test policies, and administer agencies and programs designed to administer law, deliver justice, reduce crime, and enhance domestic security.
The Master of Arts in Criminology, Law and Society prepares students to conduct high quality scientific research in the criminal justice field. Students learn cutting-edge social science methods and data analysis skills for advancing knowledge in the social sciences and for making a difference in the development and evaluation of justice policies and practices. The MA prepares students to pursue advanced graduate studies at the doctoral level or for positions that require rigorous research skills.
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice prepares students to acquire jobs or advance their careers in the field of criminal justice policy and practice. Students receive the scientific foundations and practical insights required to evaluate, select, and implement criminal justice policies and practices that are effective, efficient, and fair. They also learn data analysis skills that equip them with the knowledge required for many policy-oriented and front-line operational positions. MS graduates are prepared to be leaders and change agents in the criminal justice field.
The accelerated MS in Criminal Justice is designed for high achieving undergraduate students who are pursuing a bachelor's degree in any field and who also wish to obtain a master's of science in criminal justice. Students can earn both degrees with a total of 144 credits rather than the usual 150 credits, and in as few as five years.