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Master of Arts in Criminology

  • Advance your career in administration in the criminal justice system and related fields by earning your M.A. in Criminology from IUP.

    Prepare for advanced positions in the areas of federal, state, and local law enforcement and corrections; federal and county probation and parole; and juvenile justice. You can also develop a foundation for doctoral study in order to become a college and university professor and researcher.

    • Take evening courses, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
    • Complete your program in five semesters.
    • Build a supportive professional and academic network in your cohort by moving through your sequence of classes as a group.
    • Receive individual attention from doctoral-level IUP faculty members who are researchers and practitioners in their areas of expertise.

    Required Courses

    • Criminological Theory
    • Proseminar
    • Research Methods
    • Legal Issues in Criminology
    • Organizational Dynamics within the Criminal Justice System
    • Quantitative Strategies for Analysis in Criminology
    • Ethical and Philosophical Issues in Criminology
    • Electives (2)
    • Synthesis Project

    Elective Courses

    • Seminar in Contemporary Corrections
    • Seminar in Contemporary Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
    • Seminar in the Contemporary Judicial System
    • Cybercrimes
    • Criminal Violence and Victimization
    • Seminar in Contemporary Policing
    • Crime and Delinquency Prevention Strategies

    Course descriptions can be found on line in the Graduate Catalog.

    Total credits: 30


    IUP is accepting applications for Spring (January) 2011 admission consideration.

    Submit the following application items to IUP’s School of Graduate Studies and Research:

    • Application form: Apply online, or request materials by e-mailing or calling 800-845-0131
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Signed and dated statement of career and academic goals
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • $40 nonrefundable application fee. Note: As of July 1, 2011, the application fee will be $50.

    More Information

    Dr. Alida Merlo, Program Coordinator
    Department of Criminology