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Criminology programs combine principles of sociology, law and psychology to prepare students to deal with criminals, understand the justice system and work to prevent crime. These are the top graduate schools for criminology. Each school's score reflects its average rating on a scale from 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding), based on a survey of academics at peer institutions. Read the methodology »

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Updated: February 29, 2024

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Below is a list of best universities in the World ranked based on their research performance in Criminology and Criminal Justice. A graph of 6.22M citations received by 448K academic papers made by 1,307 universities in the World was used to calculate publications' ratings, which then were adjusted for release dates and added to final scores.

We don't distinguish between undergraduate and graduate programs nor do we adjust for current majors offered. You can find information about granted degrees on a university page but always double-check with the university website.

1. University of Cambridge

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2. University of California - Berkeley

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3. University of Toronto

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4. University of Chicago

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5. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

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6. University of Oxford

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7. Pennsylvania State University

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8. Harvard University

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9. Yale University

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10. Columbia University

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11. Arizona State University - Tempe

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12. University of Washington - Seattle

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13. University of Maryland - College Park

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14. Johns Hopkins University

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15. University of Cincinnati

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16. Michigan State University

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17. University of Pennsylvania

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18. University College London

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19. University of New South Wales

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20. Rutgers University - New Brunswick

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21. New York University

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22. University of California - Los Angeles

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23. CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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24. Ohio State University

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25. Florida State University

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26. London School of Economics and Political Science

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27. SUNY at Albany

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28. Simon Fraser University

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29. University of California - Irvine

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30. King's College London

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31. University of Texas at Austin

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32. Monash University

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33. University of Melbourne

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34. University of British Columbia

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35. University of South Florida

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36. University of Sydney

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37. University of Pittsburgh

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38. George Mason University

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39. Stanford University

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40. Griffith University

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41. Australian National University

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42. Temple University

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43. University of Arizona

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44. University of Virginia

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45. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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46. University of Wisconsin - Madison

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47. University of Southern California

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48. University of Illinois at Chicago

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49. University of Edinburgh

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50. University of Montreal

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51. Carleton University

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52. Emory University

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53. University of Manchester

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54. University of Queensland

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55. Cornell University

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56. University of Florida

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57. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

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58. Georgia State University

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59. University of Birmingham

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60. University of Nottingham

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61. Indiana University - Bloomington

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62. Duke University

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63. University of Ottawa

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64. University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

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65. Washington University in St Louis

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66. University of Kent

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67. George Washington University

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68. University of Amsterdam

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69. University of Missouri - St Louis

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70. University of Sheffield

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71. University of Liverpool

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72. University of Kentucky

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73. University of Leicester

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74. Iowa State University

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75. University of Miami

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76. Sam Houston State University

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77. Georgetown University

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78. Queen's University

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79. Vanderbilt University

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80. University of Warwick

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81. University of California - San Francisco

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82. Northeastern University

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83. University of Leeds

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84. American University in Washington

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85. Princeton University

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86. University of South Carolina - Columbia

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87. University of Delaware

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88. Loyola University Chicago

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89. University of California - Davis

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90. Boston University

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91. Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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92. York University

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93. Utrecht University

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94. Leiden University

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95. Albany State University

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96. University of Bristol

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97. University of Glasgow

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98. Wayne State University

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99. Deakin University

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100. University at Buffalo

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Department of criminology ranked #10 by center for world university rankings.

Criminology ranked 10th by the Center for World University Rankings that measures the quality of education and training of students as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research.

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USF Department of Criminology Ranks Top 5 Program in Faculty Article Publication

An important component of the quality of a graduate program is the publication productivity of its faculty. However, previous reviews of graduate programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJ) have failed to consider the breadth of publications in journals outside of CCJ. This has changed with the recent review conducted by Kleck and Mims (2016), who assessed the journal publication productivity of the faculty of all 40 CCJ PhD-granting programs in the United States using both CCJ journals and journals in sociology and the social sciences.

The University of South Florida's Department of Criminology, housed in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, ranked in the top 10 most productive Departments across all 40 U.S.-based CCJ PhD-granting programs across a number of measures including: a total 'Credit/department' score, a 'Credit/faculty' score standardized to represent per faculty member productivity, a total 'Authorships/department' score, and a 'Authorships/faculty' score standardized to represent per faculty member productivity.

In the total 'Credit/department' score, USF's Department of Criminology ranked 8th of 40, up 3 positions from earlier 2005-2009 rankings. Only Sam Houston, Florida State University (FSU), Cincinnati, Arizona State, Texas-Dallas, Rutgers, and Michigan State ranked above USF in the total credit/department score. In the 'Credit/faculty' score, USF ranked 2nd out of 40, indicating that once faculty productivity was standardized as productivity per faculty member that USF ranked 2nd place overall. The top 5 in this ranking category were Texas-Dallas, USF, FSU, Penn State, and the University of Florida (UF).

In the total number of authorships, USF ranked 5th out of 40; however, when looking at authorships standardized as per faculty member productivity, USF again ranked 2nd out of 40 (the top 5 were Texas-Dallas, USF , FSU, UF, and Penn State).

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If we created a composite measure of these rankings [1] , the USF Department of Criminology would rank in the top 5 of the 40 national doctoral-granting CCJ programs examined by Kleck and Mims. Equally as impressive is that once faculty productivity was standardized as productivity per faculty member (e.g., removing the bias for departments with a greater number of faculty members to generate a larger amount of publications and authorships) that USF's CCJ Department clearly secured the #2 ranking. These numbers clearly show that the CCJ faculty in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at the University of South Florida are among the most productive of the CCJ faculty in the nation when it comes to publications in CCJ and related social science journals. For more about the Department of Criminology, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at the University of South Florida, see its website at http://www.usf.edu/cbcs/criminology/ .

CITATION: Kleck, G., & Mims, B. (2016). Article productivity among the faculty of Criminology and Criminal Justice doctoral programs, 2010–2014. Journal of Criminal Justice Education. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/10511253.2016.1146008. The Department of Criminology in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at the University of South Florida was established in 1972. In 1998, it became the second Department in the State of Florida to offer the Ph.D. degree in Criminology. Established in 2008, the College of Behavioral & Community Sciences serves more than 2,600 students with six undergraduate, nine masters, and five doctoral programs housed in six academic departments/schools. The College also is the home of the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, one of the largest behavioral health research and training institutes in the country, as well as 17 specialized Research Centers and Institutes. Serving nearly 48,000 students, the University of South Florida is one of the largest public universities in the nation, and among the top 50 universities, public or private, for federal research expenditures. It is one of only four Florida public universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the top tier of research universities, a distinction attained by only 2.3 percent of all universities ________________________________________ [1] Overall Mean Ranking across these 4 metrics= 4.25 {(8+2+5+2)/4}

USA Today ranks Department of Criminology Undergraduate Program in Top 10 List

'The University of South Florida is a public university that was established in 1956. The undergraduate program in criminology at USF is designed to provide a solid foundation for students who plan to immediately join the workforce after obtaining their degrees or who wish to continue on to graduate studies. The strong curriculum offered by the Department of Criminology provides students with the opportunity to explore a variety of topics, including law enforcement, the judiciary and corrections. Criminology majors are encouraged to view each subject from multiple perspectives so as to better understand the mindsets of both the criminal justice professional and the offender as well as society as a whole.'

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Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology

The Ph.D. in criminology is designed to prepare students to produce theoretically informed empirical scholarship related to issues of crime and justice policy. After completing graduate courses in criminological theory, criminal justice policy, and empirical methods, Ph.D. students take advanced graduate coursework consistent with their research focus. The program trains students to produce scholarly research that is disseminated to researchers and policymakers through refereed publications.

Advanced coursework typically involves courses in data science, econometrics, law, and sociology. The dissertation is completed under the supervision of faculty in the Department of Criminology. Normally Ph.D. students complete the degree within four academic years. Details on individual faculty research interests can be found here . Details on recent Ph.D. graduates of the program can be found below.

PROGRAM FEATURES

  • Students are admitted directly into the Ph.D. program.
  • Each student is assigned two faculty mentors and works with the graduate chair to design a hand-tailored curriculum. Typically Ph.D. students take several “core” criminology courses in the first and second year. These include two courses in criminological theory, two courses in criminal justice policy, and two semesters of graduate level statistics or data science.
  • The “comprehensive exam” for the program consists of a working paper that may be part of a future dissertation proposal.
  • The Ph.D. dissertation typically includes three publishable papers.

DOCTORAL ADMISSIONS

Who is eligible to apply.

We expect a successful applicant to have earned a Bachelor’s degree by the time she/he begins the doctoral program. A strong background in research is highly recommended. Admission is very competitive.

Should I apply to the master’s program or doctoral program in criminology at Penn?

The master’s program is designed for individuals interested in furthering their knowledge of criminology and criminal justice policy in preparation for a range of professional opportunities in government, research, and academia. The doctoral program is designed for individuals with demonstrated excellence in academic research interested in generating scientific research on the causes of crime and the consequences of criminal justice policy.

How should I decide if the Penn doctoral program is a good fit for me?

Visit Penn criminology faculty member web pages to find out what projects faculty are currently working on. Read their published studies. If you are excited by the research questions and/or methods being used, then Penn could be a good choice for you. You should be able to identify one or more faculty research areas that align with your own interests. 

Who makes admissions decisions?

Doctoral admissions decisions are made by the graduate admissions committee, which is composed of criminology faculty members.

How does funding normally work?

Admitted students will be given four years of fellowship funding. This includes tuition and stipend support during term time. Summer stipend support for three years is also included in the fellowship. 

Recent Doctoral Program Alumni

Colleen Berryessa (Rutgers University)

David Mitre Becerril (University of Connecticut)

Mary Cavanaugh (Hunter College, CUNY)

Ruiyun (Frances) Chen (Georgia State University)

Olivia Choy (Nanyang Technological University)

Reagan Daly (CUNY, Institute for State and Local Governance)

Ellen Donnelly (Delaware University)

Charlotte Gill (George Mason University)

Ben Grunwald (Duke University)

Seunghoon Han (Chung-Ang University)

Jordan Hyatt (Drexel University)

Jacob Kaplan (Princeton University)

Alex Knorre (Boston College)

Carla Lewandowski (Rowan University)

Shichun (Asminet) Ling (CSU Los Angeles)

Wendy McClanahan (McClanahan Associates)

Caroline Meyer Angel (University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing)

Ruth Moyer (University of Pennsylvania)

Ben Nordstrom (Behavioral Health Group)

Viet Nguyen (Center for Justice Innovation))

Evelyn Patterson (Georgetown University)

Jill Portnoy Donaghy (RAND Corporation)

Meredith Rossner (Australia National University)

Jane A. Siegel (Rutgers University)

Rebecca Umbach (Google)

Daniel Woods (U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

Yuhao Wu (Peking University)

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Learn more about the Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice .

About the Program

The PhD degree program in Criminal Justice is designed to produce criminal justice scholars who will lead the field in academia, private and governmental research agencies, and policy-level positions in criminal justice and related organizations. The PhD degree requires the completion of a minimum of 48 hours of coursework post-baccalaureate, although students may take additional courses to prepare themselves for subsequent stages of their post-graduate career.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 7 years

Campus Location: Main

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: Doctoral students are expected to be enrolled full-time. Part-time students are accepted in exceptional circumstances. Students should note that classes are scheduled both during the day and evening as scheduling demands. Students are expected to be available for classes when they are scheduled.

Interdisciplinary Study: The program encourages interdisciplinary coursework, research and interactions among faculty and students with interests in a wide range of fields. Many of the students entering the Criminal Justice PhD program have backgrounds in Counseling, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and Urban Studies.

Ranking: In the 2021 rankings by U.S. News & World Report , Temple University's Criminal Justice program was rated 14th in Criminology. In addition, The Chronicle of Higher Education 's Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index identifies the faculty of the Criminal Justice department as the sixth most productive among all doctoral programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Areas of Specialization: Faculty members specialize and offer substantial coursework in a wide array of areas, including:

  • Corrections and community corrections
  • Court processes
  • Crime and the physical/social environment
  • Criminal justice policy making and strategic management
  • Criminal law
  • Criminological theory
  • Discretion in criminal justice
  • Issues in policing
  • Juvenile justice
  • Organized crime
  • Qualitative/quantitative research methods
  • Restorative justice
  • Socialization and deviant behavior
  • Statistical analysis
  • White collar crime

Job Prospects: The PhD program is primarily dedicated to producing well-trained criminologists, researchers and criminal justice practitioners. The job market for an individual with a PhD degree in the field is extremely good. Most of our graduates enter the academy as university professors while others advance their careers in research for government or private agencies.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Non-matriculated students are eligible to take some of the graduate courses offered in Criminal Justice. If accepted into the program, up to 9 credits may be applied toward the degree program. For some courses, permission of the instructor is required before registration by non-matriculated students can occur.

Financing Opportunities: The principal duties of a Teaching Assistant include assisting faculty members in classroom (field, observatory) instruction, conducting tutorials and discussion sections, and grading quizzes. Research Assistants are expected to devote 20 hours per week on average to research obligations. They are assigned to a faculty member or principal investigator investigating a specific research project. The appropriate subjects are determined by consultation between the student and the student's research and academic advisors. Both Teaching and Research Assistantships carry a stipend and full tuition remission for up to 9 credits per term. Applications should include:

  • a statement of previous teaching and/or research experience, areas of interest, and future goals;
  • unofficial transcripts; and
  • a curriculum vitae.

The Department makes assistantship offers in early Spring of each year.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: December 15; November 30 international

Applications are evaluated from the end of October until the deadline. Late applications may be considered for admission.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program .

Letters of Reference: Number Required: 3

From Whom: Ideally, the letters should be obtained from college/university faculty members familiar with the applicant's academic competence. Letters from employers and other non-academic assessors are accepted but generally carry far less weight.

Master's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A master's degree is not required.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree in Criminology/Criminal Justice, Geography, History, Law, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology or a related field is required.

Statement of Goals: In approximately 500 to 1,000 words, discuss your specific interest in Temple's program, research goals and how they relate to Temple's program, future career goals, and academic and research achievements.

Standardized Test Scores: GRE: Optional. Scores may be submitted if available.

Applicants who earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English, with the exception of those who subsequently earned a master’s degree at a U.S. institution, must report scores for a standardized test of English that meet these minimums:

  • TOEFL iBT: 79
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5
  • PTE Academic: 53

Resume: Current resume required.

Writing Sample: The writing sample should demonstrate your ability to research and write a scholarly paper. The paper should not be too lengthy (up to 10 pages is preferable) and should be fully referenced according to a professional, scholarly style manual. Although it need not be related directly to Criminal Justice, it should reflect your ability to prepare a social science paper.

Advanced Standing: Graduate coursework taken as part of a master's degree program at an accredited institution prior to matriculation at Temple may be accepted for advanced standing credit, provided the coursework is relevant to the PhD in Criminal Justice.  To request advanced standing, the applicant must provide an official transcript from their prior graduate institution to the Graduate Chair that clearly states "MA awarded" and the date of its awarding. The Graduate Committee reviews the request.

Only grades of "B" or better are accepted. If the request is granted, the student receives advanced standing and is awarded a maximum of 15 credits.  Students with transferred credits should expect that they will have to complete much of the required coursework in residence to ensure that they are adequately prepared to take their PhD comprehensive exams.

Program Requirements

General Program Requirements: Number of Credits Required to Earn the Degree: 48

Required Courses:

Any CJ course at the 8000 or 9000 level that is not a required course may be taken as an elective. With approval from their advisor, students may take up to two graduate-level courses outside the department.

Of the 6 required research credits, a minimum of 2 credits of CJ 9999 must be taken. The other 4 credits may be taken in any combination of CJ 9994 , CJ 9998 , and CJ 9999 .

Culminating Events: Comprehensive Examinations: Two comprehensive examinations must be passed. One is in "Justice," which has the Criminal Justice system as its focus. The second is in "Crime," which has theory as its focus. The purpose of the comprehensive exams is to demonstrate critical and interpretive knowledge in specialized areas of both the Criminal Justice system and Criminal Justice theory.

Prospectus Defense: The prospectus defense evaluates the student's ability to apply specific research and/or analytic methods to the questions addressed in the prospectus. The defense occurs within several weeks of the student's advisor confirming, in writing to the Graduate Chair, that the student is ready to defend their prospectus.

Ideally, the prospectus defense should be completed within one academic year of the comprehensive examinations. The prospectus defense consists of a short (30-40 minute) presentation of the prospectus by the student to faculty and graduate students. Following the presentation, the Graduate Chair mediates a question-and-answer session between the student and audience. The members of the student's Doctoral Advisory Committee normally pose the initial questions at the defense. When these have been exhausted, other audience members are asked to put forth any questions they have for the student. The defense is scheduled to last no longer than two hours.

The Doctoral Advisory Committee must evaluate the quality of the presentation and of the answers provided during the question-and-answer session. Committee members look for evidence of a breadth and depth of understanding of specific substantive and methodological areas. In addition, they gauge the student's ability to utilize their knowledge to address the questions posed during the defense. Each member votes to pass or fail the student. Members can also vote to pass pending the completion of specified changes to the prospectus. In order to pass, a majority of the committee members must agree that the defense has been satisfactorily completed.

Students who are preparing to defend their prospectus should arrange some dates and times for the defense with the Doctoral Advisory Committee. The student should then inform the Graduate Chair of these dates and times and confirm the final date and time selected. Finally, the Graduate Chair provides confirmation of the time, date and room.

Dissertation: The dissertation is an original empirical study that makes a significant contribution to the field of Criminal Justice. It should expand the existing database and demonstrate the student's knowledge of both research methods and a mastery of their primary area of interest. Dissertations should be rigorously investigated; uphold the ethics and standards of the field of Criminal Justice; demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the primary area of interest and the broader field of Criminal Justice; and be prepared for publication in a professional journal.

The Doctoral Advisory Committee is formed to oversee the student's doctoral research and is comprised of at least three Temple Graduate Faculty members. Two members, including the Chair, must be from the Department of Criminal Justice. Committee compositions must be approved by the Department's Graduate Committee. The Chair is responsible for overseeing and guiding the student's progress, coordinating the responses of the Committee members, and informing the student of their academic progress.

The Dissertation Examining Committee evaluates the student's dissertation and oral defense. This committee is comprised of the Doctoral Advisory Committee and at least one additional Graduate Faculty member from outside the Department of Criminal Justice. The Outside Examiner should be identified no later than the beginning of the term in which the student will defend the dissertation. The Dissertation Examining Committee evaluates the student's ability to express verbally their research question, methodological approach, primary findings and implications. The Committee votes to pass or fail the dissertation and the defense at the conclusion of the public presentation.

If a student needs to change a member of a Committee, the new member must be approved by the Department's Graduate Committee and registered with the Graduate Secretary and the Graduate School.

Students who are preparing to defend their dissertation should confirm a time and date with their Doctoral Advisory Committee and register with the Graduate Secretary at least 30 days before the defense is to be scheduled. The Graduate Secretary arranges the time, date and room and forwards to the student the appropriate paperwork. After the Graduate Secretary has scheduled the defense, the student must send the Graduate School a completed "Announcement of Dissertation Defense" form, found in TUportal under the Tools tab within "University Forms," at least 10 working days before the defense. The department posts flyers announcing the defense.

Program Web Address:

https://www.temple.edu/academics/degree-programs/criminal-justice-phd-la-cj-phd

Department Information:

Dept. of Criminal Justice

508 Gladfelter Hall

1115 W. Polett Walk

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6089

[email protected]

215-204-1376

Submission Address for Application Materials:

https://apply.temple.edu/CLA/

Department Contacts:

Admissions:

Joe DelMastro

[email protected]

Graduate Chairperson:

Jeffrey Ward, PhD

[email protected]

215-204-5267

Chairperson:

Jennifer Wood, PhD

[email protected]

215-204-8055

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Criminology, PhD

Penn's highly interdisciplinary Ph.D. in criminology combines the traditional concerns of criminologists with concepts, theories, and empirical research from a wide variety of academic disciplines. The program seeks to produce scholars of unusual breadth who can work creatively in academic or policy settings.

Working closely with faculty, students are encouraged to design their own curriculum and begin research very early in their graduate education. That curriculum will include several core courses taken in the first and second year. These include two courses in criminological theory, two courses in criminal justice policy, and two semesters of graduate level statistics.

For more information: http://crim.sas.upenn.edu/graduate

View the University’s Academic Rules for PhD Programs .

A minimum of 9 course units are required. Additional courses may be selected in consultation with student faculty advisor and graduate group chair.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.

A student who enters the Ph.D. program with a Bachelors degree will usually take 3 course units in each semester in their first two years and must complete all course requirements by the end of their third year.  All students must take 3 CUs in each semester to remain registered as full-time students.

After having completed the substantive, class-based course requirements, they normally fulfill remaining CUs by registering for CRIM 9999 Independent Study and Research .  They will also have passed the Candidacy Examination by the end of their second year. Students who enter with a Master's degree or other transfer credit may satisfy the formal course requirements more quickly. However, the Graduate Group Chair in conjunction with the student’s research supervisor has the flexibility to establish the optimal requirements for students. 

The customary maximum load for a Ph.D. student is four course units each semester; exceptions for a fifth course unit may be made in extraordinary cases upon approval of the Graduate Dean. The Graduate Group may establish examination requirements in addition to the University’s standards.

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The Ph.D. program in Criminology, Law and Society placed third in the nation in  U.S. News & World Report’s graduate school rankings – published online today. The doctorate program jumped to third overall in the current rankings. Previously, the program was ranked fifth.

Students in this interdisciplinary program study and do research under renowned faculty who probe the causes and consequences of crime, its impact on society, and its interplay with the law. Professors and students strive to do socially relevant research, and are committed to advancing equity and justice both locally and globally. The Department of Criminology, Law and Society, which offers the doctorate program, is the only criminology department, and one of only two law and society units, in the University of California system.

Additionally, in January, U.S. News rated the Master of Advanced Studies in criminology, law and society as the third best online master's program in criminal justice in the country.

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1359 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

Featured Review: Freshman says It's important to acknowledge that college experiences vary greatly from person to person, and while some may face challenges or difficulties, others may find their time in college to be... .

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Overall Niche Grade : A+ ,

Acceptance Rate : 7% ,

Net Price : $26,123 ,

SAT Range : 1500-1570 ,

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL •

  • • Rating 3.92 out of 5   8,085 reviews

Senior: The University of Florida is amazing! The culture here is very "work hard, play hard." The classes are rigorous and the students are very ambitious and involved in many organizations. Greek Life and partying is also pretty big here. Sports are huge -- football and tailgating especially! The city itself (Gainesville, FL) is a small college town, which is really fun! Overall, I made the best decision coming to UF and highly recommend it! ... Read 8,085 reviews

Acceptance rate 23%

Net price $11,740

SAT range 1300-1490

#39 Best Colleges in America .

GAINESVILLE, FL ,

8085 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

Featured Review: Senior says The University of Florida is amazing! The culture here is very "work hard, play hard." The classes are rigorous and the students are very ambitious and involved in many organizations. Greek Life and... .

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Acceptance Rate : 23% ,

Net Price : $11,740 ,

SAT Range : 1300-1490 ,

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL •

  • • Rating 3.86 out of 5   3,075 reviews

Senior: Couldn't have had a better 4 years and more fun time! I lived basically like Alix Earle (college wise and not fame wise). There is something to do every single day. I was able to go out 6 nights a week and maintain my workload pretty easily. I absolutely loved all my classes and the professors. Most of my class sizes were small and very discussion based which I find best for learning. My professors were all super nice, available, knowledgeable, and understanding. Campus is beautiful! Greek life is take it or leave it, people involved really like it and I wasn't in a sorority but was still able to go to all the frat parties. I love the academics here and the party scene and I'm so sad I am graduating next week. Anyone can really find their place here and if you want to tan in January or a serious student you should come here and study by the pool. Only con of the school is the cost, but if you can afford it or get a lot of financial aid it's more than worth it! ... Read 3,075 reviews

Acceptance rate 19%

Net price $36,467

SAT range 1310-1480

#52 Best Colleges in America .

CORAL GABLES, FL ,

3075 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

Featured Review: Senior says Couldn't have had a better 4 years and more fun time! I lived basically like Alix Earle (college wise and not fame wise). There is something to do every single day. I was able to go out 6 nights a... .

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Acceptance Rate : 19% ,

Net Price : $36,467 ,

SAT Range : 1310-1480 ,

Southern Wesleyan University

CENTRAL, SC

  • • Rating 3.67 out of 5   263

Lasell University

  • • Rating 3.62 out of 5   569

Western Kentucky University

BOWLING GREEN, KY

  • • Rating 3.73 out of 5   2,278

Villanova University

Villanova, PA •

  • • Rating 3.73 out of 5   1,574 reviews

Freshman: Villanova is a beautiful campus. It's in a safe suburb of Philadelphia surrounded by affluent communities. Dorms are basic cinderblock rectangles, nothing special and a little tired. The landscaping is well attended and picturesque. The church is very pretty but the library is depressing. They have a good business and nursing school. There are no sororities or fraternities on campus thus making it a "dry campus" so the party scene is somewhat nonexistent and lots of students go into the bars in the city. They have good internships and alumni connections. ... Read 1,574 reviews

Net price $34,837

SAT range 1360-1500

#56 Best Colleges in America .

VILLANOVA, PA ,

1574 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

Featured Review: Freshman says Villanova is a beautiful campus. It's in a safe suburb of Philadelphia surrounded by affluent communities. Dorms are basic cinderblock rectangles, nothing special and a little tired. The landscaping... .

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Net Price : $34,837 ,

SAT Range : 1360-1500 ,

University of California - Irvine

Irvine, CA •

  • • Rating 3.77 out of 5   4,274 reviews

Alum: UCI boasts a stunning campus with modern architecture nestled in a beautifully landscaped environment. The layout is convenient, making it easy to navigate between classes, dorms, and recreational facilities. The abundance of green spaces and outdoor seating areas fosters a sense of community and relaxation. UCI's dining options are diverse and cater to a range of dietary preferences. From international cuisines to local favorites, there's something for everyone. The campus boasts numerous dining halls, cafes, and food trucks, ensuring that students never go hungry. The quality of food is generally good. Located in the heart of Orange County, UCI benefits from its proximity to vibrant cities like Irvine, Newport Beach, and Anaheim. Students have access to a wide range of cultural attractions, entertainment venues, shopping centers, and outdoor activities. Public transportation options make it easy to explore the surrounding area, although traffic can be a challenge at times. ... Read 4,274 reviews

Acceptance rate 21%

Net price $14,033

SAT range —

#57 Best Colleges in America .

IRVINE, CA ,

4274 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

Featured Review: Alum says UCI boasts a stunning campus with modern architecture nestled in a beautifully landscaped environment. The layout is convenient, making it easy to navigate between classes, dorms, and recreational... .

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Acceptance Rate : 21% ,

Net Price : $14,033 ,

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI •

  • • Rating 3.91 out of 5   3,461 reviews

Sophomore: The student life here is great if you love the party scene, but it gets a little tricky if you're not part of that crowd. It's very easy to make friends here though. The professors and TAs are so kind as well and they really know what they're talking about. You're definitely getting your money's worth out of UW! ... Read 3,461 reviews

Acceptance rate 49%

Net price $13,376

SAT range 1340-1510

#59 Best Colleges in America .

MADISON, WI ,

3461 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

Featured Review: Sophomore says The student life here is great if you love the party scene, but it gets a little tricky if you're not part of that crowd. It's very easy to make friends here though. The professors and TAs are so... .

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Acceptance Rate : 49% ,

Net Price : $13,376 ,

SAT Range : 1340-1510 ,

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University of South Florida

Tampa, FL •

  • • Rating 3.82 out of 5   7,545 reviews

Graduate Student: University of South Florida is by far the safest campus across Florida that I have known. The campus police are on guard 24/7 and they notify all suspicious activities to students immediately as soon as they take place. The professors at USF are also very open and friendly. They can be very strict sometimes in terms of academics; however, they are mostly easy to get along with after class. Most of these professors also uphold good personal values and principles, which is very respectable. The students here are mostly down-to-earth and chill; there are seldom serious conflicts between students across all majors. The food on campus might not be the best, but it still provides us with a lot of convenience in terms of the location of several dining halls. Above all, I personally recommend USF because I think it is a college that offers a good learning experience and very little stress outside of academic reasons. ... Read 7,545 reviews

Acceptance rate 44%

Net price $11,004

SAT range 1140-1330

#67 Best Colleges in America .

TAMPA, FL ,

7545 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

Featured Review: Graduate Student says University of South Florida is by far the safest campus across Florida that I have known. The campus police are on guard 24/7 and they notify all suspicious activities to students immediately as soon... .

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Acceptance Rate : 44% ,

Net Price : $11,004 ,

SAT Range : 1140-1330 ,

The Ohio State University

Columbus, OH •

  • • Rating 3.92 out of 5   5,889 reviews

Junior: I have absolutely loved my experience at The Ohio State University for these past two years. I am actually a transfer student and I was a little worried about coming in to a brand new school halfway through my freshman year. However, all of the amazing faculty at Ohio State made it super easy to transition to a new school. I was able to get involved with student organizations from day one of being on campus. I love how many different ways there are to get involved; there truly is something for everyone here. Since it is a larger school, it is a little more dependent on your own self to get involved and take advantage of all the things that are offered. I also love having the city of Columbus to take advantage of! There are so many things to do and it makes it super easy to get off campus. I also love how proud everyone is to be a Buckeye. Overall, going to Ohio State was the best decision I ever made and I would do it again in a heartbeat. ... Read 5,889 reviews

Acceptance rate 53%

Net price $19,582

#68 Best Colleges in America .

COLUMBUS, OH ,

5889 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

Featured Review: Junior says I have absolutely loved my experience at The Ohio State University for these past two years. I am actually a transfer student and I was a little worried about coming in to a brand new school halfway... .

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Acceptance Rate : 53% ,

Net Price : $19,582 ,

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC •

  • • Rating 3.84 out of 5   3,453 reviews

Sophomore: Overall, my first year at North Carolina State university was pretty good. There was not a lot of crime, although we did get a few alerts here and there. The dorm I stayed in was decent but the housing situation is so hectic I wasn't able to get a dorm for my second year. The food options are somewhat limited and many people said the dining hall food made them sick but it tasted alright sometimes. I enjoyed it and will continue attending, I would just like to see the food situation improve and have something to make it a little safer, as often people unaffiliated with the school would come on campus and bother students. ... Read 3,453 reviews

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Acceptance rate 47%

Net price $14,852

SAT range 1280-1460

#88 Best Colleges in America .

RALEIGH, NC ,

3453 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

Featured Review: Sophomore says Overall, my first year at North Carolina State university was pretty good. There was not a lot of crime, although we did get a few alerts here and there. The dorm I stayed in was decent but the... .

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Overall Niche Grade : A ,

Acceptance Rate : 47% ,

Net Price : $14,852 ,

SAT Range : 1280-1460 ,

Clemson University

Clemson, SC •

  • • Rating 3.93 out of 5   3,658 reviews

Alum: Clemson University has deep Greek Life roots, but there is so much more for new students to discover. Student programs like intramural sports, the WSBF Clemson radio station, and international culture festivals are just a few examples of other developed communities Clemson has to offer. The campus is green and downtown is close! There really is something for everyone. ... Read 3,658 reviews

Acceptance rate 43%

Net price $24,577

SAT range 1220-1410

#91 Best Colleges in America .

CLEMSON, SC ,

3658 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

Featured Review: Alum says Clemson University has deep Greek Life roots, but there is so much more for new students to discover. Student programs like intramural sports, the WSBF Clemson radio station, and international... .

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Acceptance Rate : 43% ,

Net Price : $24,577 ,

SAT Range : 1220-1410 ,

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, MD •

  • • Rating 3.69 out of 5   5,601 reviews

Sophomore: My experience at the University of Maryland was nothing short of exceptional. The campus offered a vibrant atmosphere with diverse opportunities for academic and personal growth. The faculty were knowledgeable and supportive, and the range of courses available allowed me to explore my interests fully. Additionally, the campus community was inclusive and engaging, fostering connections that extended beyond the classroom. Overall, attending the University of Maryland was a rewarding and enriching experience that I highly recommend to others seeking a top-notch education. ... Read 5,601 reviews

Acceptance rate 45%

Net price $16,210

SAT range 1360-1520

#93 Best Colleges in America .

COLLEGE PARK, MD ,

5601 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

Featured Review: Sophomore says My experience at the University of Maryland was nothing short of exceptional. The campus offered a vibrant atmosphere with diverse opportunities for academic and personal growth. The faculty were... .

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Acceptance Rate : 45% ,

Net Price : $16,210 ,

SAT Range : 1360-1520 ,

University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN •

  • • Rating 3.77 out of 5   4,867 reviews

Freshman: My experience at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities has been pretty awesome so far! I've only been here for a semester, but there's already so much to love. First off, the campus itself is stunning, especially during fall when all the leaves change colors. The professors are super knowledgeable and passionate about what they teach, and they're always willing to help if you're struggling. Plus, there's such a wide range of classes to choose from, so you can really explore different subjects and find what you're interested in. One thing I think could be improved is the dining options on campus. While there are definitely a lot of places to eat, it would be nice to see more healthy and affordable options available, especially for students on a budget. Overall though, I'm really happy with my decision to come to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. It's been an amazing experience so far, and I can't wait to see what the rest of my time here holds! ... Read 4,867 reviews

Acceptance rate 75%

Net price $16,018

SAT range 1290-1500

#94 Best Colleges in America .

MINNEAPOLIS, MN ,

4867 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

Featured Review: Freshman says My experience at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities has been pretty awesome so far! I've only been here for a semester, but there's already so much to love. First off, the campus itself is... The professors are super knowledgeable and passionate about what they teach, and they're always willing to help if you're struggling. Plus, there's such a wide range of classes to choose from, so you... One thing I think could be improved is the dining options on campus. While there are definitely a lot of places to eat, it would be nice to see more healthy and affordable options available,... Overall though, I'm really happy with my decision to come to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. It's been an amazing experience so far, and I can't wait to see what the rest of my time here... .

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Acceptance Rate : 75% ,

Net Price : $16,018 ,

SAT Range : 1290-1500 ,

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University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA •

  • • Rating 3.8 out of 5   3,876 reviews

Other: One of the university's strengths lies in its academic programs. It offers a wide range of majors and disciplines, providing students with diverse opportunities to pursue their passions and interests. The university is known for its strong programs in fields such as creative writing, business, engineering, and healthcare, attracting students from all over the world. Another aspect that makes the Unversity of Iowa great is its vibrant campus life. The university offers a rich and engaging student experience with numerous clubs, organizations, and extracurricular activities. From sports teams to cultural clubs to academic societies, there is something for everyone to get involved in and make lasting connections with fellow students. ... Read 3,876 reviews

Acceptance rate 86%

Net price $19,587

SAT range 1130-1340

#113 Best Colleges in America .

IOWA CITY, IA ,

3876 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

Featured Review: Other says One of the university's strengths lies in its academic programs. It offers a wide range of majors and disciplines, providing students with diverse opportunities to pursue their passions and... .

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Acceptance Rate : 86% ,

Net Price : $19,587 ,

SAT Range : 1130-1340 ,

University of South Florida - Sarasota-Manatee

Sarasota, FL •

  • • Rating 3.93 out of 5   99 reviews

Graduate Student: Overall, USF Sarasota-Manatee was a great experience. The college responded well during COVID-19 and was always there if you had any questions. It was perfect if you like small schools, which I did. I would like to see an expansion of the school. The Sarasota campus is the smallest campus of all three locations and it has a lot of potential to physically expand. ... Read 99 reviews

Acceptance rate 24%

Net price $2,734

SAT range 1160-1290

#117 Best Colleges in America .

SARASOTA, FL ,

99 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

Featured Review: Graduate Student says Overall, USF Sarasota-Manatee was a great experience. The college responded well during COVID-19 and was always there if you had any questions. It was perfect if you like small schools, which I did. I would like to see an expansion of the school. The Sarasota campus is the smallest campus of all three locations and it has a lot of potential to physically expand. .

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Acceptance Rate : 24% ,

Net Price : $2,734 ,

SAT Range : 1160-1290 ,

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT •

  • • Rating 3.81 out of 5   4,346 reviews

Junior: My time at the University of Utah so far has been great. I was in the Military previously and was nervous about changing my way of life so drastically. The major contributor to my success in this aspect was the Veteran Service Office at the University of Utah. The staff in the office are very helpful and always have answers for any of my questions. Additionally, the office has free food, drinks, computer, and many more amenities for veterans to use. In regard to academics, I think the University of Utah does a good job at managing teacher to student ratio. In each of my classes, there has been an abundance of TA's and instructors for helping with class work or any questions students might have. All of the instructors and TA's have been very supportive, and you can tell they want to see each student succeed. Overall, the University of Utah combines a good balance between academic and social life. ... Read 4,346 reviews

Acceptance rate 89%

Net price $12,399

SAT range 1190-1390

#122 Best Colleges in America .

SALT LAKE CITY, UT ,

4346 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

Featured Review: Junior says My time at the University of Utah so far has been great. I was in the Military previously and was nervous about changing my way of life so drastically. The major contributor to my success in this... In regard to academics, I think the University of Utah does a good job at managing teacher to student ratio. In each of my classes, there has been an abundance of TA's and instructors for helping... Overall, the University of Utah combines a good balance between academic and social life. .

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Acceptance Rate : 89% ,

Net Price : $12,399 ,

SAT Range : 1190-1390 ,

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL •

  • • Rating 4 out of 5   4,809 reviews

Freshman: The University of Alabama has a beautiful campus. There are always fun events and social activities to participate in. I am currently in my freshman year at the school, and so far it has been nothing but amazing. I live in the dorms and walk to all my classes. I am in Greek life and joined informally in the second semester. Not only have I made friends from just going to class but also going to lunch at the dining hall, and where I live. If you don't like parties and going out, there is plenty for you to still do. Many organizations and events have activities where you don't drink or party and you just meet new people and get connected socially. I love going out with my friends and also going to campus events. The campus is very walkable and safe during all parts of the day, but still walk with a friend or buddy to ease your parents' minds. Once you visit the campus there is no going back or going to another school! ... Read 4,809 reviews

Acceptance rate 80%

Net price $20,592

SAT range 1130-1410

#123 Best Colleges in America .

TUSCALOOSA, AL ,

4809 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

Featured Review: Freshman says The University of Alabama has a beautiful campus. There are always fun events and social activities to participate in. I am currently in my freshman year at the school, and so far it has been nothing... .

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Acceptance Rate : 80% ,

Net Price : $20,592 ,

SAT Range : 1130-1410 ,

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

New York, NY •

  • • Rating 3.88 out of 5   1,424 reviews

Alum: My time at John Jay College of Criminal Justice was excellent. Courses were interesting and educational due to the instructors and staff's extraordinary expertise and passion for their subjects. Meaningful interactions with professors and individualized attention were made possible by the small class sizes. The campus itself was clean, contemporary, and full of amenities for students to use, including computer labs, study areas, and libraries. Also, students from all around the city could simply travel to the university via public transportation, which made their commute effortless. All things considered, I heartily endorse John Jay College of Criminal Justice to any student seeking a demanding curriculum, a caring campus environment, and chances for both professional and personal development. My experience at John Jay was genuinely life-changing. My time at John Jay was honestly transformative and I am thankful for the knowledge and experiences I gained there. ... Read 1,424 reviews

Acceptance rate 51%

Net price $5,001

#133 Best Colleges in America .

NEW YORK, NY ,

1424 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

Featured Review: Alum says My time at John Jay College of Criminal Justice was excellent. Courses were interesting and educational due to the instructors and staff's extraordinary expertise and passion for their subjects.... The campus itself was clean, contemporary, and full of amenities for students to use, including computer labs, study areas, and libraries. Also, students from all around the city could simply travel... All things considered, I heartily endorse John Jay College of Criminal Justice to any student seeking a demanding curriculum, a caring campus environment, and chances for both professional and... .

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Acceptance Rate : 51% ,

Net Price : $5,001 ,

Washington State University

Pullman, WA •

  • • Rating 3.79 out of 5   4,112 reviews

Junior: I have loved being a student at WSU! The campus is beautiful and there is always something fun going on! Being a transfer student I wasn't sure how I would enjoy the school, but it has really been everything I could have hoped for and more! Athletics are so much more fun to watch than I would have expected, whether that be baseball, basketball, or football, there is always a crowd! I love the area and the access students have to so much within walking distance. Pullman is an amazing campus, one that gets you a good workout while walking around while also providing a beautiful view. ... Read 4,112 reviews

  • grade  A minus Overall Niche Grade

Acceptance rate 83%

Net price $17,911

#149 Best Colleges in America .

PULLMAN, WA ,

4112 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

Featured Review: Junior says I have loved being a student at WSU! The campus is beautiful and there is always something fun going on! Being a transfer student I wasn't sure how I would enjoy the school, but it has really been... .

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Overall Niche Grade : A minus ,

Acceptance Rate : 83% ,

Net Price : $17,911 ,

Drexel University

  • • Rating 3.61 out of 5   3,194 reviews

Junior: I'm currently a Junior on co-op, and for the last four years, it's been a great place. Classes are a bit rigorous and fast-paced, but that will be changing with the move to semester classes. The food scene is excellent, with food trucks, dining halls, and restaurants accommodating virtually every taste. And student life is great, with many residence halls for students and countless clubs and organizations for everyone to make friends in. And it's local to me and accessible by a cheap train. The co-ops are also incredibly useful in gaining workplace experience that will look great on a resume. ... Read 3,194 reviews

Net price $39,267

SAT range 1230-1430

#152 Best Colleges in America .

3194 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

Featured Review: Junior says I'm currently a Junior on co-op, and for the last four years, it's been a great place. Classes are a bit rigorous and fast-paced, but that will be changing with the move to semester classes. The... .

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Net Price : $39,267 ,

SAT Range : 1230-1430 ,

University of Delaware

Newark, DE •

  • • Rating 3.69 out of 5   3,673 reviews

Sophomore: So far, I am so happy with my choice of attending the University of Delaware. This school is so amazing and making students feel comfortable and heard throughout campus. I feel as if I am getting a great education as well as the college experience that everyone deserves to have! One thing that I would like to see change is the school spirit and the sports. Since we are a Division I school, I expected to have fun game days and a lot of school spirit, but there is little to none. Hopefully that will change in the future! ... Read 3,673 reviews

Acceptance rate 74%

Net price $18,044

SAT range 1190-1360

#163 Best Colleges in America .

NEWARK, DE ,

3673 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

Featured Review: Sophomore says So far, I am so happy with my choice of attending the University of Delaware. This school is so amazing and making students feel comfortable and heard throughout campus. I feel as if I am getting a... .

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Acceptance Rate : 74% ,

Net Price : $18,044 ,

SAT Range : 1190-1360 ,

University of South Florida - St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, FL •

  • • Rating 3.8 out of 5   556 reviews

Senior: This college is a small community and could find many things to do in the downtown area. There are many classes offered on this campus. The professors or really nice and will help you when needed. There are many activities you can do on campus such as the puppy raiser club or you can join many of the student organizations that are provided. There a 4 housing units on campus which is really nice. My favorite resident hall is Osprey because it is the newest building. There are many different types of rooms you can choose such a having a 4 room with two bathrooms and a common area. There is a community kitchen on the first floor which is really nice because the rooms don’t have a kitchen in them unlike pelican which is one of the oldest housing unit. But unlike that there is a new area to eat on campus called the Nest. The nest offers a ton of variety of foods. They have many different stations where you can get your food such as the pizza station, the sandwich making station and grill. I ... Read 556 reviews

Acceptance rate 27%

Net price $10,841

SAT range 1140-1280

#164 Best Colleges in America .

ST. PETERSBURG, FL ,

556 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

Featured Review: Senior says This college is a small community and could find many things to do in the downtown area. There are many classes offered on this campus. The professors or really nice and will help you when needed.... .

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Acceptance Rate : 27% ,

Net Price : $10,841 ,

SAT Range : 1140-1280 ,

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS •

  • • Rating 3.96 out of 5   2,271 reviews

Sophomore: Mississippi State University is the largest university in Mississippi, supporting a diverse range of studies for students from all walks of life. Their undergraduate research, internships, and study abroad oppertunities make it an exciting environment for academic learning and job experience. Undergrads are even able to have their research published! MSU is also known as one of the top 10 military friendly universities in the nation, making it a prime choice for service members looking to further their education. ... Read 2,271 reviews

Net price $15,364

SAT range 1070-1280

#168 Best Colleges in America .

MISSISSIPPI STATE, MS ,

2271 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

Featured Review: Sophomore says Mississippi State University is the largest university in Mississippi, supporting a diverse range of studies for students from all walks of life. Their undergraduate research, internships, and study... .

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Net Price : $15,364 ,

SAT Range : 1070-1280 ,

University of Idaho

Moscow, ID •

  • • Rating 3.7 out of 5   1,857 reviews

Sophomore: My time at the University of Idaho has been transformative. The diverse academic programs and supportive faculty have fostered my intellectual growth. The sense of community on campus has made me feel welcomed and included. However, there is room for improvement in mental health support, campus facilities, and diversity initiatives. Overall, I am grateful for the opportunities and experiences that the University of Idaho has provided me. ... Read 1,857 reviews

Net price $14,954

SAT range 990-1250

#186 Best Colleges in America .

MOSCOW, ID ,

1857 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

Featured Review: Sophomore says My time at the University of Idaho has been transformative. The diverse academic programs and supportive faculty have fostered my intellectual growth. The sense of community on campus has made me... .

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Net Price : $14,954 ,

SAT Range : 990-1250 ,

Union University

Jackson, TN •

  • • Rating 3.89 out of 5   694 reviews

Alum: I loved the opportunities to get involved and serve others on campus and in the community! I also enjoyed getting to know some of the professors on a personal basis, due in part to an event the school did every spring where professors would host a small number of students for dinner in their home. The faculty and staff were wonderful! I would love to see more leadership courses in the business department! Even as a business major, there was only one class I took that really addressed how to lead and deal with people; most of my learning in that area occurred after graduation in the workplace. ... Read 694 reviews

Net price $28,585

SAT range 1100-1370

#187 Best Colleges in America .

JACKSON, TN ,

694 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

Featured Review: Alum says I loved the opportunities to get involved and serve others on campus and in the community! I also enjoyed getting to know some of the professors on a personal basis, due in part to an event the... I would love to see more leadership courses in the business department! Even as a business major, there was only one class I took that really addressed how to lead and deal with people; most of my... .

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Net Price : $28,585 ,

SAT Range : 1100-1370 ,

University of Texas - Permian Basin

Odessa, TX •

  • • Rating 3.73 out of 5   727 reviews

Junior: I absolutely love life on campus and I stay pretty active with being a student athlete at the university of texas permian basin! I love the athletic program, but my most favorite thing is how small and close the community and classes are because it allows for more engagement! ... Read 727 reviews

Acceptance rate 95%

Net price $10,370

SAT range 910-1090

#199 Best Colleges in America .

ODESSA, TX ,

727 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

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Ranked #1 Graduate Program in Criminology

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It is our pleasure to report that the graduate program in Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland - College Park is ranked #1 in the US News and World Report Rankings for the 2019 academic year. 

Congratulations to the department for all of your continued efforts to uphold our graduate program's standard of excellence!

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2024 Best Criminology Master's Degree Schools

For its 2024 ranking, College Factual looked at 40 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for criminology students pursuing a master's degree. Combined, these schools handed out 789 master's degrees in criminology to qualified students.

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Best Criminology Master's Degree Schools

A Great Overall School

The overall quality of a master's degree school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we include a school's overall Best Colleges for a Master's Degree ranking which itself looks at a combination of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Early-Career Earnings

One measure we use to determine the quality of a school is to look at the average salary of master's graduates during the early years of their career. That is, everyone wants their master's degree to be worth something, and salaries are one measure of determining that.

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to criminology students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of criminology students who choose to seek a master's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Student Debt - How easy is it for criminology to pay back their student loans after receiving their master's degree.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized criminology related body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for criminology students working on their master's degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Criminology Master's Degree Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings , to help you make that decision.

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Learn about start dates, transferring credits, availability of financial aid, and more by contacting the universities below.

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Gain the management, leadership, data analysis and budgeting skills you need to advance in the criminal justice field with this online master's from Southern New Hampshire University.

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Best Schools for Master’s Students to Study Criminology in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities for pursuing a master's degree in criminology.

10 Top Schools for a Master's in Criminology

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University of Pennsylvania is one of the best schools in the country for getting a master's degree in criminology. UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Philadelphia.

Master's recipients from the criminology degree program at University of Pennsylvania get $4,449 more than the average college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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University of California - Irvine is a great choice for students pursuing a master's degree in criminology. Located in the large city of Irvine, UC Irvine is a public university with a very large student population.

Master's recipients from the criminology program at University of California - Irvine get $10,119 more than the average college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Any student pursuing a degree in a master's degree in criminology needs to look into University of Maryland - College Park. Located in the large suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public university with a very large student population. More information about a master’s in criminology from University of Maryland - College Park

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It is difficult to beat Lasell University if you want to pursue a master's degree in criminology. Located in the city of Newton, Lasell is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. More information about a master’s in criminology from Lasell University

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Located in the large city of Philadelphia, St. Joe's is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population.

After graduation, criminology master's recipients generally earn an average of $47,307 in their early careers.

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Located in the large city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public university with a fairly large student population. More information about a master’s in criminology from University of South Florida - Main Campus

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U Miami is a large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Coral Gables. More information about a master’s in criminology from University of Miami

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UNH is a large public university located in the suburb of Durham. More information about a master’s in criminology from University of New Hampshire - Main Campus

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UA is a very large public university located in the city of Tuscaloosa. More information about a master’s in criminology from The University of Alabama

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Saint Vincent is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Latrobe. More information about a master’s in criminology from Saint Vincent College

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Numerous Criminal Justice Alums Accepted to PhD Programs

By equipping you with a rounded set of critical-thinking skills and specialized practical law enforcement knowledge, Metropolitan College’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice prepares graduates for a wide array of professional and personal opportunities. One such potential pathway is to pursue a doctorate—and five recent MET MSCJ graduates have been accepted to doctoral programs.

“Students moving into doctoral programs is a major accomplishment for them,” says Applied Social Sciences Chair Shea Cronin . “It shows the diverse paths that students take professionally coming out of our program, from breaking into the professional field and advancing within established career paths to launching into a doctoral program and a career in academia or research.”

Lucie Andrews (MET’21), who earned her MSCJ with a concentration in Cybercrime Investigation and Cybersecurity , has been accepted to Nova Southeastern University’s cybersecurity management PhD program.

Anthony Ford (MET’23) was a career-changer when he came to MET to earn his MSCJ with a concentration in Strategic Management , and now he’s off to the University of Georgia to pursue an EdD in learning, leadership, and organizational development.

While she was earning her MSCJ with concentrations in Crime Analysis and Cybercrime Investigation and Cybersecurity, Bo Ra Jung (MET’23) acted as a graduate research assistant to CIC Director Kyung-shick Choi . Her hard work paid off, and now she heads to UNLV where she will pursue her PhD in criminology and criminal justice on a full scholarship.

Michael Ross (MET’23) also earned his MSCJ with a concentration in Cybercrime Investigation and Cybersecurity, and he will now pursue his PhD in criminology and criminal justice at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, with full funding.

Finally, Madeline Uretsky (MET’21), who earned her MSCJ, has been accepted to the University of Connecticut’s clinical psychology PhD program.

“These student accomplishments also show the dedication of our faculty to working with students to guide them in this journey,” added Dr. Cronin. “These students should be proud of the work they have done to prepare for this next step in their education.”

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Loughborough ranked 3rd for Sociology in Complete University Guide 2025

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Loughborough has been ranked 3rd in the UK overall for Sociology and Criminology in the Complete University Guide 2025. We have also ranked 1st for research quality in Sociology and 5th overall for Social Policy.

The league table is based on ten measures: Entry Standards, Student Satisfaction, Research Quality, Research Intensity, Graduate Prospects – outcomes, Graduate Prospects – on track, Student-Staff Ratio, Spending on Academic Services, Spending on Student Facilities, and Continuation.

Head of the Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy Department Professor Line Nyhagen commented: “We are delighted to once again be ranked so highly for our sociology and Criminology programmes. We pride ourselves on our student experience and the quality of our research, so we are thrilled to be recognised for this in these results.”

The Complete University Guide rankings can be found  here . Further information about Loughborough’s success in the rankings can be found here.

Discover some of the opportunities in the department of Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy offered at Loughborough here.

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