The graduate programs in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society prepare students for a variety of careers in research, academia, criminal justice leadership, non‐profit organizations, and public affairs. Students gain expertise in criminal justice policy and practice, justice organizations, 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 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 world-renowned faculty. The department is home to research centers and labs that provide opportunities for students and faculty to collaborate on research projects that will advance social science knowledge and make the criminal justice system fairer and more effective. Our graduate 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 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.