We are currently accepting M.A. and Ph.D. applications for the Fall 2021 cohort!
Our M.A. program is designed to teach students how to conduct research in the areas of criminology and criminal justice. The coursework gives the students a firm grounding in criminological theory, the criminal justice system, research methods, and statistical methodologies. By completing a master’s thesis, students gain have the experience of completing a project from the beginning stages of formulating the problem, through designing the research, generating results, to drawing conclusions. This experience helps shape them into critical thinkers who will become valuable assets as researchers in government and private non-profit agencies, research institutes, or as they continue their education in PhD programs.
Our Ph.D. program is geared to the training of cutting-edge researchers and leading scholars in criminology and criminal justice. We provide students well-rounded experiences as scholars and teachers through coursework, research experience, and teaching opportunities. Our PhD students are mentored by faculty as they participate in ongoing research projects, and as they develop their own scholarly interests. The coursework is designed to give students a firm grounding in theory, methods and research and to provide them with both a background in critical past achievements in criminology but also a familiarity with recent cutting edge developments. Students are also encouraged to develop their skills as professors through teaching assistantships and the opportunity to direct their own college-level classes.
Our PhD graduates have been very successful in finding professional employment. In recent years, nearly all PhD graduates have found career positions at the time of graduation. You can find many of our recent alums as tenure-track assistant professors of criminology/criminal justice, post-doctoral fellows, policy consultants and research analysts in diverse organizations around the country.
To be considered for the Fall 2021 cohort, your application must be completed and submitted by December 17, 2020 at 11:59 pm, EST.
General instructions for completing the UMD Graduate Application are available in the Graduate School’s Step-By-Step Guide to Applying.
If you need additional information or assistance with the application process, contact us at criminologydept [at] umd.edu.