Mar 02, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Criminology, M.A.

College of Behavioral and Community Sciences  
Department: Criminology 

This Major shares core requirements with the Cybercrime, M.S.  .


The M.A. in Criminology is a two-year major designed to provide the student with an in depth understanding of the major ideas, issues, theories, and research comprising the field of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Preferred minimum scores of 154 Verbal (62nd percentile), 145 Quantitative (17th percentile) or higher on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). All applicants must submit GRE scores taken within the preceding five years.
  • A statement of purpose detailing: (a) reasons for seeking a MA degree in criminology, (b) research interests, and (c) future career plans.
  • A professional or academic writing sample providing evidence of the candidate’s academic capabilities.
  • Three letters of recommendation speaking to the applicant’s academic capabilities

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours - 33 credit hours

  • Shared Core Requirements - 11 Credit Hours
  • Additional required courses - 7 Credit Hours
  • Electives – Non-thesis option - 15 Credit Hours
  • Electives – Thesis option - 9 Credit Hours
  • Thesis (optional) - 6 Credit Hours

Shared Core Requirements (11 Credit Hours)

Additional Required Courses (7 Credit Hours)

Non-Thesis Option (15 Credit Hours)

Thesis Option (15 Credit Hours)

Comprehensive Exam

For students pursuing the thesis option, an oral defense of a written thesis is required after the final draft of the thesis has been accepted by the candidate’s supervisory committee.

For students pursuing the non-thesis option students must pass a comprehensive exam or complete a project. The comprehensive exam is designed to test the student’s knowledge of the three core areas of the Master’s program; criminological theory, current issues in criminal justice and research methodology. A project is typically a research proposal, but can be other types of research activities, including an internship focused on understanding a criminal justice problem along with a literature review on that problem. Approval for the proposed project must be received from the Major Professor and one other Criminology faculty member.