Criminology, M.S.


Department of Criminology

Master of Science Degree Requirements

Under the direction of a graduate adviser, each student prepares and submits a coherent program individually designed within the framework that follows.

Core (15 units)
CRIM 200, 201, 202, 203, 204

Electives (12 units)
Select criminology or related areas 200-series (under special circumstances a maximum of 6 upper-division units may be allowed)

Culminating experience (3 units)
Thesis or Project: 298 or 299 (3 units) or Comprehensive Exam and CRIM 295 (3 units).

Total (30 units)

Graduate-Level Writing Competence. The university requires that students have graduate-level writing abilities before being advanced to candidacy for the master's degree. The Graduate Writing Skills requirement for the graduate program in criminology is met by passing the writing component of CRIM 200. Please see the program's Graduate Writing Requirement Policy for more information.

Advising Notes

  1. Each student must see the graduate coordinator each semester prior to registering.
  2. All students must meet the graduate writing requirement. See the program coordinator for details.

(See also Admission to Graduate Standing, Advancement to Candidacy, Program Requirements, Foreign Language Requirements, and Criteria for Thesis and Project.)


The criminology department consists of 16 full-time faculty members whose expertise includes numerous specialties in the criminal justice system, including corrections, counseling, victimology, juvenile delinquency, theory, legal studies, supervision and management, and criminal justice administration. Various part-time faculty members from major criminal justice agencies also instruct in the department.

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