Criminology is centered on the scientific study of the causes and prevention of criminal behavior and the functioning of criminal justice institutions. It draws on a wide range of academic disciplines and research traditions including both the social and natural sciences. At the University of Pennsylvania, a heavy emphasis is placed on research applications to pressing policy concerns drawing substantially on research methods from statistics and computer science. The department offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate major in Criminology, a unique M.S degree in which research and practitioner content are combined, and a research-centered Ph.D. program for a small number of talented graduate students.


Dr. MacDonald Evaluates the NYPD's Operation Impact Program in PLOS One

June 27, 2016

PLOS One published John MacDonald's paper evaluating Operation Impact on June...

Dr. Berk's Machine Learning at Fels PRI

May 27, 2016

From the Fels Policy Research Initiative website: "For the first meeting...

Criminology Graduation Speaker: Ronald L. Davis

May 14, 2016

The Department of Criminology at Penn is proud of all our 2016 graduates. ...