Application and Program Requirements, Criminology MA

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    Rolling Admissions, Simple System Makes Applying Easy

    Apply Now.  Admission to our on-campus program is made on a rolling basis, but preference is given to those who apply by March 15.

    IUP makes applying easy.  You’ll complete your application and upload your materials online.  We’ll review your materials quickly.    

    Here’s what we’ll need (visit our graduate admissions page for information on each of these required items): 

    • The online application  
    • The nonrefundable $50 application fee  
    • Official transcripts from every college or university attended
    • A goal statement—Tell us about your professional life to date, why you want to pursue a graduate degree in criminology and criminal justice, and your future career plans.    
    • Two letters of recommendation—Your recommenders receive an online request to submit a recommendation for you.    

    Criminology and Criminal Justice MA Program Requirements

    The master’s program is designed for both full-time and part-time students. To graduate, you are required to complete 30 semester hours. You’ll choose between a thesis or non-thesis curriculum. The thesis option requires you to work with a faculty member to develop an independent research project. The non-thesis option requires you to take the capstone course plus an extra elective. The capstone course allows you to synthesize everything you’ve learned into a culminating project.

    I. Thesis Degree Requirements:

    A total of 30 semester hours is required, including:

    Course Number  Course Name  Credits 
    CRIM 600  Criminological Theory  3cr
    CRIM 601  Proseminar  3cr 
    CRIM 605  Research Methods  3cr 
    CRIM 610  Legal Issues in Criminology  3cr 
    CRIM 632  Organizational Dynamics within the Criminal Justice System  3cr 
    CRIM 718  Quantitative Strategies for Analysis in Criminology  3cr 
    CRIM 730  Ethical and Philosophical Issues in Criminology  3cr 
    CRIM 795  Thesis  6cr
    -----  Electives  3cr 

    Total 30cr

    II. Non-Thesis Degree Requirements

    A total of 30 semester hours is required, including:

    Course Number Course Name Credits
    CRIM 600  Criminological Theory  3cr 
    CRIM 601  Proseminar  3cr 
    CRIM 605  Research Methods  3cr 
    CRIM 610  Legal Issues in Criminology  3cr 
    CRIM 632  Organizational Dynamics within the Criminal Justice System  3cr 
    CRIM 718  Quantitative Strategies for Analysis in Criminology  3cr 
    CRIM 730  Ethical and Philosophical Issues in Criminology  3cr
    CRIM 791  Synthesis Project  3cr
    -----  Electives  6cr 

    Total 30cr
     
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