The Criminology and Criminal Justice Program offers undergraduate and graduate degrees to prepare students for a range of careers in the criminal justice system. Graduates have built successful careers in law enforcement, child protective services, juvenile justice and as lawyers, researchers, teachers and professors.
Our faculty includes leading scholars and criminologists with industry experience who regularly publish in academic journals and have been honored with numerous teaching and academic awards. With a strong focus on research, the program provides opportunities for students to work with faculty on projects ranging from violence prevention in schools to policing to community corrections and white-collar crime. Students also can gain valuable experience through internships and by participating in student organizations. The University’s The Pre-Law Advising and Resource Center helps students prepare for acceptance into law school, with many attending Top 20 schools.
The criminology program was ranked 9th in the nation by College Factual and was ranked No. 1 program in faculty research productivity based on the number of faculty by the Journal of Criminal Justice Education.
Criminology and Criminal Justice Resources
- Intent to Sit Form
- Previous Qualifying Exams
- Criminology Newsletter
- BA in Criminology Degree Plan
- MS in Criminology Degree Plan
- PhD in Criminology Degree Plan
- 18 Characteristics of Doctoral Programs
- MS in Criminology Handbook
- PhD in Criminology Handbook
Be serious about your education and willing to work hard. If you show that you are motivated and put forth the effort to succeed, the faculty will fully support you.