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.
View the University’s Academic Requirements for Research Master's Programs.
A minimum of 8 course units are required.
|CRIM 600||Pro-Seminar in Criminology||1|
|CRIM 601||Pro-Seminar in Criminal Justice||1|
|CRIM 602||Criminal Justice Data Analytics||1|
|CRIM 603||Research Methods/Crime Analysis||1|
|CRIM 604||Criminology in Practice||1|
|CRIM 634||Evidence-Based Crime Prevention||1|
|CRIM 535||Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis||1|
|Select one elective||1|
|Total Course Units||8|
The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.
Sample Plan of Study
|Pro-Seminar in Criminology|
|Criminology in Practice 1|
|Evidence-Based Crime Prevention|
|Criminal Justice Data Analytics|
|Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis|
|Pro-Seminar in Criminal Justice|
|Criminology in Practice|
|Research Methods/Crime Analysis|
CRIM 604 is a required year-long, one unit course. Students will receive the 1 unit credit in the spring semester