MA in Criminology, Law and Society

Catalog Year: 2024-2025

Banner Code: LA-MA-CLS

The MA 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 in Criminology, Law and Society prepares students to pursue advanced graduate studies at the doctoral level or for positions that require rigorous research skills.

For a related program, see Criminology, Law and Society, PhD

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

CRIM 700 Values, Ethics, and Criminal Justice Policy 3
CRIM 710 Criminological Theory 3
CRIM 720 Law and Social Science 3
CRIM 740 Justice Organizations 3
CRIM 760 Evidence-Based Crime Policy 3
Total Credits 15

Analytical Methods Courses

CRIM 780 Research Methods 3
CRIM 782 Statistics I 3
CRIM 783 Statistics II 3
Total Credits 9


Students must apply 6 credits of thesis to the degree. A thesis proposal must be submitted to the graduate director prior to registering for thesis credits. The master's thesis must be defended orally before a committee of three faculty. The committee chair and at least one member must be CLS graduate faculty. 

Students must follow the thesis enrollment policy of the university and once enrolled in CRIM 799 Master's Thesis, maintain continuous enrollment as specified in Academic Policies.

CRIM 799 Master's Thesis 6