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Criminology and Criminal Justice, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #201 (WUR) Miami, FL, United States
The Department of Sociology offers a Master’s of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice.The program provides training in fundamentals of the criminal justice system and criminological theory, as well as provides foundational training in research methods and statistics. 


Students may tailor their programs through their selected electives, curricula tracks, and choice of one of three completion options.

Option 1: Comprehensive Examination (and preparation).

For students already working in criminal justice professions, the comprehensive examination may be an ideal culminating experience.The exam assesses the student’s knowledge of and ability to evaluate key topics and issues in criminology and criminal justice. It tests the student’s understanding and proficiency in the material covered in the core courses as well as in each student’s specific elective courses completed.This written exam provides an overarching assessment of the student’s knowledge of criminology and criminal justice.

Option 2: Internship and accompanying paper/report.

For the student seeking an initial placement in or seeking a change in criminal justice professions, the internship may serve as an ideal culminating experience.The student works with his/her advisor to identify and design an internship placement in one of a variety of agencies (e.g., local, state, or federal juvenile justice or criminal justice agencies). He/she works with his/her advisor to gain placement and to specify the nature of the internship paper/report.The internship may be full or part-time, depending on the agency involved.

Option 3: M.S. thesis.

For those students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree, the thesis option is the recommended culminating experience. The thesis is an independent research project that is completed by the student in the last phases of his/her Master’s program. It represents an original contribution to criminological and/or criminal justice knowledge. Students pursuing this option must recruit and enlist a thesis committee, which consists of three members, two of whom (including the chairperson) must be faculty members in the Department of Sociology. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Social Statistics
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Theories in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • The Criminal Justice System
  • Criminology and Public Policy

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

  • The University of Miami requires a minimum score of 297 (total of verbal + quantitative) for acceptance into any Graduate School program.

    This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a recommended score range.

    Recommended Analytical Writing score:


    The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • The most competitive UM applicants have a bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Complete the online application
  • Official Transcripts
  • Send official Test Scores: Test scores will only be accepted if they are submitted directly from the testing agency
  • Complete the School Report
  • Letter(s) or Recommendation
  • Conduct updates, if applicable
  • Special Programs may ask for additional requirements like a portfolio or/and schedule and audition
  • If applicable, submit your financial aid documents
  • For international students only: Submit official test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1960 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1960 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1960 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1960 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Miami

  • 1508 - 2610 USD/month
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