Graduate FAQ

Graduate FAQ
Will you be accepting applications for the FALL 2021 term?
The Department of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania will be recruiting students for its Master of Science Program for admission in the fall of 2021. Applications will open October 1, 2020 and we will continue to be accepting students on a rolling basis through May 2021.
We regret that we will not be accepting applications for the PhD program during the 2020-21 admissions cycle. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the School of Arts of Sciences made the difficult decision to focus resources on supporting current PhD students and ensuring that we are in a position to fully support future cohorts of Penn PhD students.  Therefore, we will pause bringing new PhD students into the program for one year, with the expectation of welcoming a new cohort of PhD students in the fall of 2022.
Will GRE scores be waived for the graduate program applications due to COVID-19 restrictions?
No. The Department of Criminology will not waive Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for applicants. If you have taken the GRE test within the last five years, we will accept those scores. There is a new GRE at Home option available for testing. Please visit to learn more. Lastly, LSAT scores can be accepted in lieu of the GRE if taken within the last 5 years.
Can I meet with someone about the MS and PhD program?
Please direct request to Knakiya Hagans,  and she will work with you to get appointments via phone or virtually with the Graduate Chair or MS Director.
Can I come visit campus?
Unfortunately at this time the University has suspended visits and normal operation. You can get the most recent update on when changes have been implemented by visiting:
Will you host Virtual Open Houses?
We are exploring this option and will post more information on this in the weeks to come.