Please contact us at criminologydept [at] if you have any questions.


  • When is the application deadline?

The official online application deadline for the Ph.D. program in Criminology and Criminal Justice is 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on December 17, 2020. This is the final deadline for international and domestic applicants. 


  • Do you offer spring or summer admission?

Applicants are considered for admission to the fall term only. There is no spring or summer admission.


  • When will we start accepting Fall applications?

We will be accepting fall applications in late August. Please contact us at criminologydept [at] if you have any questions and would like to be added to our prospective student list.


  • Where can I find an application for the Ph.D. program in Criminology and Criminal Justice?

The University of Maryland's Graduate School accepts applications through its ApplyYourself/Hobsons application system. Before completing the application, applicants are asked to check the Graduate School for specific instructions


  • Where do I send my application materials?

    • As required by the Graduate School, all application materials below are to be submitted electronically: Graduate application

      • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test score
      • Three letters of recommendation 
      • One Statement of Goals and Purpose
      • CV/Resume
      • One Writing Sample that reflects your scholarly potential
      • TOEFL/IELTS/Pearsons Score [international students only]
      • Transcripts from all institutions attended after high school or secondary school whether or not a degree was granted. Official copy of all previous degrees/diplomas and transcripts issued in the original language with a literal English translation. The transcripts should be uploaded into your online application.
      • Non-refundable application fee of $75 for each program to which an applicant applies

The electronic submission of application materials helps expedite the review of an application.


  • When and how will I be notified of the admissions decision?

Typically, admission decisions are issued in late/early March of the following year. We will send an offer letter of admission by email.


  • How can I pay the application fee?

Applicants must pay the non-refundable $75 application fee with a credit card during the electronic application process. 

The application fee is handled directly through the Graduate School; please use the 'help' feature on your ApplyYourself application to contact the Hobsons support desk directly regarding this third-party transaction. Please note that only credit cards are accepted. 


  • How much is the application fee? Can it be waived? 

You will be assessed a non-refundable $75 application processing fee for each program to which you apply.  You are responsible for paying this fee whether or not you are offered admission or choose to enroll. You must pay your application fee online.  Your application will not be processed until you pay your application fee and the payment is authorized.

Please click here for fee waiver eligibility.


  • I am interested in an assistantship or fellowship. Do I submit a separate application for funding?

Our doctoral program offer of admission will include a financial aid package. The financial aid most regularly available in the Department is in the form of a full-time (20 hour/week) Graduate Assistantship with either a teaching or research focus. In addition, supplemental scholarships might also be available. 


  • How can I check on the status of my application?

To check the status of your application to the University of Maryland, please go to ApplyYourself/Hobsons


  • Can I reapply if I am denied admission? How do I reapply?

Yes.  If you wish to reapply, you must submit a new application and application fee. If you would like to update any other supporting materials, please do so. 


  • Do we have an online PhD degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice?

No, we do not have an online PhD program at this time; our program is entirely in-person. 


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