Criminology, MS

Penn’s unique Master of Science in criminology program aims to shape criminal justice “change agents,” preparing students to spend their career applying criminological research in public and non-profit domestic and international organizations. It is also designed for those research-oriented students who are preparing themselves for graduate or professional education at leading research universities.

Penn’s unique interdisciplinary program combines solid academic learning at one of the nation’s top research universities with practical knowledge that can enhance careers in research and in criminal justice-related policy and practice settings. Students also gain knowledge of the criminal justice system through meeting weekly with guest visitors who work in the justice system. Students work under a faculty member on a semester-long crime analysis project, using their analytical and research skills, to address a specific crime problem. Students present their final masters’ projects during a poster session at Penn’s Criminology Day in April, through an oral defense of their project, and as a written research article.

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Required Courses

A minimum of 8 course units are required.

Core Requirements
CRIM 6000Pro-Seminar in Criminology1
CRIM 6001Pro-Seminar in Criminal Justice1
CRIM 6002Criminal Justice Data Analytics1
CRIM 6003Research Methods/Crime Analysis1
CRIM 6005Evidence-Based Crime Prevention1
CRIM 5350Quantitative Methods for Public Policy1
CRIM 6004ACriminology in Practice0.5
CRIM 6004BCriminology in Practice0.5
Select one elective1
Total Course Units8

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2024 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.

Sample Plan of Study

Pro-Seminar in Criminology
Evidence-Based Crime Prevention
Criminology in Practice
Criminal Justice Data Analytics
Quantitative Methods for Public Policy
Pro-Seminar in Criminal Justice
Research Methods/Crime Analysis
Criminology in Practice