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Criminology and Criminal Justice, M.A.

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University rank #51 (ARWU) , MD,
Our Master’s program is designed to give students a strong foundation in criminology and criminal justice research so that they can pursue research positions in government and private non-profit agencies, or research institutes. 


Our Master’s program is designed to teach students how to conduct research in the areas of criminology and criminal justice.  The coursework gives the students a firm grounding in criminological theory, the criminal justice system, research methods, and statistical methodologies.  By completing a master’s thesis, the student will have the experience of completing a project from the beginning stages of formulating the problem, through designing the research, generating results, to drawing conclusions. 

This experience shapes them into critical thinkers who will become valuable assets as researchers in government and private non-profit agencies, research institutes, or as they continue their education in PhD programs.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Seminar in Criminal Justice
  • Fundamentals for Criminological Research
  • Research Methods
  • General Linear Models
  • Seminar in Criminology
  • Master’s Thesis Research 

                                Detailed Programme Facts

                                • Programme intensity Full-time
                                • Credits
                                  30 alternative credits
                                • Languages
                                  • English
                                • Delivery mode
                                  On Campus

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                                Academic Requirements

                                • Official transcripts of all previous academic work at institutions of higher learning,
                                • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Aptitude Test scores 
                                • Three letters of recommendation from professors, if possible, or employers who are acquainted with the applicant's qualifications,
                                • Essays expressing your Statement of Goals and Purpose 
                                • A writing sample that reflects your scholarly potential (e.g. an undergraduate term paper or similar academic scholarship), 
                                • a mandatory application fee. 

                                Tuition Fee

                                • International

                                  1474 USD/credit
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                                • National

                                  683 USD/credit
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                                  Based on the original amount of 683 USD per credit and a duration of .
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                                Living costs for College Park

                                • 1676 - 2840 USD/month
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