The master’s (MS) degree provides students with practical knowledge that can enhance careers in research and in criminal justice-related policy and practice settings. The MS 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. This degree is also designed for those research oriented students who are preparing themselves for graduate or professional education at leading research universities.
Penn's 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. Typical time for a degree is approximately four years.