Master of Science Degree:
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 the University of Pennsylvania or other leading research universities.
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. Working closely with faculty, students are encouraged to design their own curriculum and begin research very early in their graduate education. The program seeks to produce scholars of unusual breadth who can work creatively in academic or policy settings.
The University of Pennsylvania, with the strength of its schools and programs across many disciplines, offers an ideal setting in which to pursue dual graduate degrees. Students can pursue MS/MGA, MS/JD or MS/MSW degrees.
“No program could have better prepared me for a career at the forefront of criminal justice research” says Sam Bieler, MS 2013. “By combining high quality instruction in statistical methods and analysis with guidance in public policy analysis and development the Master in Criminology program gave me the skills and expertise to help participate in and steer the debate on some of the country’s most pressing criminal justice issues."