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.

To apply to our MA program, please see the MA program application page.

Please continue to review our website, and feel free to contact criminologydept [at] umd.edu to learn more about how to join our program.