M.A. On Campus

Criminology, Law and Society

George Mason University

12 months
1412 USD/credit
1412 USD/credit
524 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Department of Criminology, Law and Society from George Mason University is internationally renowned for its applied research in policing, courts, and corrections, with particular emphases in organizational change, community partnerships, crime and place, rehabilitation and recidivism, and social justice.


Our Criminology, Law and Society students gain enhanced skills in research methodology and statistics, and learn the latest criminal justice theories.  They apply these skills and knowledge to their own original piece of empirical research in a master's thesis.  

The MA in Criminology, Law and Society program from George Mason University prepares students for advanced graduate study at the doctoral level and to pursue competitive, research-oriented positions in law enforcement, courts, corrections, and other government agencies, as well as advocacy and non-profit organizations.

Our top-ranked program takes advantage of the university's proximity to many justice organizations at the federal, state, and local levels in the Capital Region. The program provides a unique blend of rigorous research with real-world applications.  

Faculty work closely with leaders in the justice and security fields who give lectures, visit our classes, and can provide research opportunities.  In partnership with faculty, practitioners, and organizations in the criminal justice system, our students learn about how to conduct original scholarship that can make the justice system fairer and more effective.

A further distinction of Mason’s criminology, law and society MA program is its multidisciplinary departmental faculty, whose wide-range of expertise—including in law, sociology, psychology, political science, and criminology—gives students a rich variety of perspectives. Likewise, our students range from recent graduates to mid-career professionals, and each benefit from their classmates’ different backgrounds and experience.

Prospective students who plan to pursue a doctoral degree in criminology, law and society should apply directly to the PhD program; they will earn the MA degree as an integral part of the doctorate.

Career options:

The Master of Arts in Criminology, Law and Society is for students interested in acquiring the knowledge and skills to conduct high quality research that makes an impact on justice, law, and crime policy and advances social science. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Values, Ethics, and Criminal Justice Policy
  • Criminological Theory
  • Law and Social Science
  • Justice Organizations
  • Research Methods
  • Evidence-Based Crime Policy
  • Statistics
  • Master's Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online application for graduate study and application fee
  • An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from copies of unofficial transcripts uploaded to the online application Self-Service Center.
  • Copies of unofficial university transcripts and any earned degree 
  • All transcripts from colleges or universities outside the United States must be translated into English
  • Verification of English language proficiency.
  • Official GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MAT or other official test scores
  • Other supplemental materials specified by your academic program such as essays, departmental forms, portfolios, or interviews

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1412 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1412 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    1412 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1412 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    524 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 524 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Fairfax

1330 - 2300 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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