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 onlineapplication
  • The nonrefundable $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from every college or university attended
  • A goalstatementTell usabout 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 recommendationYour recommenders receive an online request to submit a recommendation foryou.

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 IssuesinCriminology 3cr
CRIM 632 Organizational Dynamics within the Criminal Justice System 3cr
CRIM 718 Quantitative Strategies for AnalysisinCriminology 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 IssuesinCriminology 3cr
CRIM 632 Organizational Dynamics within the Criminal Justice System 3cr
CRIM 718 Quantitative Strategies for AnalysisinCriminology 3cr
CRIM 730 Ethical and Philosophical Issues in Criminology 3cr
CRIM 791 Synthesis Project 3cr
----- Electives 6cr

Total 30cr

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