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Criminology for the 21st Century

From its urban roots at the University of Chicago in the early part of the twentieth century, American criminology is going through a sea change in terms of subject matter, methods and data. CCJS at the University of Maryland wants to play a role in terms of shaping the emerging Criminology of the 21 st Century. The video clips in this series focus on newly emerging areas of interest, cutting edge research methods and innovative sources of data.

2016 CCJS Graduate Students

CCJS Graduate Studies

There are two major components of our graduate program, the Traditional Master’s Program and the Doctoral Program. While each is designed to teach the students to be astute researchers, the master’s program prepares the student to work in an agency or research institute, and the PhD program prepares the student to work at a university or other research center.

Sarah Tah giving lecture

PhD Program

Our PhD program is designed to give students well-rounded experiences as scholars and teachers through coursework, research experience, and teaching opportunities.  Our PhD students are mentored by faculty as they participate in on ongoing research projects, and as they develop their own scholarly interests.  The coursework is designed to give them a firm grounding in the historic progression of research in key areas, and to keep them engaged in the latest developments.  And, finally, they are given opportunities to teach through teaching assistantships and, if wanted, as instructors.

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Master's Program

Our Master’s program is designed to give students a strong foundation in criminology and criminal justice research so that they can pursue research positions in government and private non-profit agencies, or research institutes. Further, this program gives students a firm foundation to continue their education in PhD programs.

CCJS Funding Options

Funding Options

Various funding options exist for graduate students within our department and the University's Graduate School.

Five CCJS Graduate Students at National Conference

Student Resources

Useful links for students related to other areas of campus.