24 months
1825 USD/credit 54750 USD/year
1825 USD/credit 54750 USD/year
Tuition fee
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One of the social and behavioral sciences disciplines in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the Criminology program offered by George Washington University looks at the historical development of criminal justice, its evolution into modern legal systems and ongoing problems and reforms in policing, the courts and corrections.


Key facts

Students develop an understanding of the causes of criminal behavior and the social conditions that contribute to crime, and they analyze how the criminal justice system operates.

Students who complete the program and receive an M.A. degree may continue to pursue training in a Ph.D. program. Or they may secure a position in a research organization, government agency or related jobs in the criminal justice field.

The M.A. in Criminology is a joint program between George Washington University's sociology and forensic sciences departments. The program combines training in traditional criminology, criminal justice and forensic sciences. Requirements include courses in research methods, statistics, criminology, criminal law and forensic sciences.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Methods
  • Data Analysis
  • Qualitative Methodology 
  • Field Research in Organizational Settings
  • Development of Sociological Theory 
  • Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • Deviance & Control
  • Criminology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Three (3) academic letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. 
  • Statement of purpose
  • A recent writing sample is required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    54750 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1825 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    54750 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1825 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Washington, D. C.

1705 - 2975 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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