Starting in September, students will have the opportunity to complete Indiana University of Pennsylvania's master's degree in criminology entirely online. This is IUP's second online graduate program.

“We've worked to develop a program that not only meets the academic standards required to prepare students for administrative and management positions in the criminal justice system and related fields, but meets the needs of nontraditional students with nontraditional schedules,” Dr. Jamie Martin, professor of criminology and coordinator of the master's program, said.

“The online program also offers an opportunity for students throughout the nation and world to complete their degree work without the necessity of travel to IUP.

“While most positions in the criminal justice field do not require a master's degree for employment, a master's degree enhances promotion opportunities and in some cases is even required for promotion.”

Students would take courses in a cohort of 25 students, meaning that the students complete coursework as a group. Coursework would include two courses per term for five semesters.

Applications are being accepted now and are due by April 15. For more information or an application, visit the IUP admission website at, e-mail or call (724) 357-2720.

In addition to meeting the requirements for admission, a student must be able to demonstrate an understanding of criminological theory and the criminal justice system—generally satisfied by a bachelor's degree in criminology, criminal justice or a related field; experience within the justice system; or specialized training or graduate or undergraduate studies in a related field.