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Criminology and Criminal Justice - M.A. PDFDownload to print

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Sociology

215 Merrill Hall
Tel: 330-672-2562


The Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice prepares students for staff and administrative careers in fields related to the prevention, treatment and control of crime and delinquency. It also offers opportunities for agency personnel to broaden their education and upgrade their skills. This program is delivered entirely online. Please visit the Criminology and Criminal Justice section of the Kent State Online webpage for more information.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s), undergraduate 3.0 GPA, goal statement and three letters of recommendation (preferably academic). For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Graduation Requirements

Requirements for the degree are 33 semester hours. These requirements include 24 hours of required core courses, including a capstone, plus 9 additional hours in the corrections, global security, policing or victimology concentration.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a practical understanding of criminological theory by using it to better understand crime and criminal behavior, pose and attempt to answer research questions and see its connection to crime policy.
  2. Demonstrate mastery of the significant empirical findings in the major areas of criminology and criminal justice.
  3. Demonstrate an appreciation for the use of the scientific method in the study of crime, a practical understanding of research methods used in the field and a practical understanding of statistics in social science research.
  4. Develop basic skills in planning and conducting research projects, including evaluation research in particular.
  5. Describe the role of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and social class as they relate to crime and victimization.
  6. Effectively communicate criminological knowledge and write a clear and concise analysis of issues, policies and research in the field.