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.

View the University’s Academic Requirements for Research Master's Programs.

Required Courses

A minimum of 8 course units are required.

Core Requirements
CRIM 600Pro-Seminar in Criminology1
CRIM 601Pro-Seminar in Criminal Justice1
CRIM 602Criminal Justice Data Analytics1
CRIM 603Research Methods/Crime Analysis1
CRIM 604Criminology in Practice1
CRIM 634Evidence-Based Crime Prevention1
CRIM 535Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis1
Select one elective1
Total Course Units8

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