Criminology, MA

  • Tyler Shannon studying on a bench

    FACULTY WHO INSPIRE - MA student Tynan Shannon feels the faculty have a lot to offer. “You can tell that they truly love what they do," he said, "and when you have professors that express their excitement for their field and the work that they do, you can't help but be excited as well.”

    Become a Leader in the Criminal Justice System

    For over 20 years, the IUP Master's in Criminology program has prepared students like you for administrative and research careers in the criminal justice system. For those of you who want to go on and pursue doctoral studies, the MA program provides a solid foundation from one of the top criminology and criminal justice programs in the country.

    To graduate you will be required to complete 30 semester hours. You may choose between a thesis or non-thesis curriculum. The thesis option requires that you complete a six-credit thesis. The non-thesis option requires that you complete six hours of elective course work, for both the online and on-campus programs.

    To gain admittance you must:

    • Demonstrate a sound understanding of criminological theory and the criminal justice system.
    • Have knowledge gained through experience within the justice system, by specialized training or by completing graduate or undergraduate studies in a related field.
    • Apply by March 15 for best consideration. Students begin the program in the fall term. (The online program allows full-time students to being in the fall and part-time students to begin in the spring.)

    MA in Criminology

    • Prepare for advanced positions in federal, state, and local law enforcement and corrections; federal and county probation and parole; juvenile justice, and more.
    • Develop a foundation for doctoral study to become a future college and university professor and researcher.
    • Engage in the rigorous study of criminology theory, legal issues, organizational dynamics, research methodology, quantitative analysis, and ethical and philosophical issues in criminology.