Criminology is the scientific study of crime, including analyzing the root causes and its social impact. Pursuing a master’s degree in this field can lead to a career specialization in forensics, criminal profiling, or law enforcement. A number of schools in the United States offer graduate programs in criminology that have been ranked by “U.S. News and World Report”.
University of Maryland–College Park
Ranked as having the best criminology graduate program in the United States, the University of Maryland in College Park offers a traditional master’s degree that combines a profound background in the social sciences, such as psychology and sociology, with graduate-level study of crime and criminal justice. Students are provided with well-rounded research experience while mentored by a highly respected faculty. Graduates of this program are prepared to pursue research positions in government agencies, non-profit research agencies, or research institutes (See Reference #2).
University of Albany–SUNY
The graduate degree in criminology at the University of Albany–SUNY allows students to enhance their research and statistical analysis skills while learning to design and evaluate effective policies and practices related to the criminal justice system. Students have an option to focus their master’s degree concentration on criminal justice information technology where they can acquire knowledge and proficiency in the collection, interpretation, and communication of crime data, or they can choose to pursue a concentration in public administration.
University of Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati allows students the option to pursue a master’s degree in criminology on campus or online. Ranked as having the third best graduate school for criminology in the country by “U.S. News and World Report”, this program was designed to expose students to advanced research and analyses of the criminal justice system and to practical field experiences in research institutes or criminal justice agencies.
University of Missouri–St. Louis
The master’s degree program in criminology and criminal justice at the University of Missouri in St. Louis ranks among the top five in the country. Students can pursue a thesis or non-thesis program of study while developing an in-depth comprehensive understanding of theories, research methods, and issues revolving around the structure and function of criminology and the criminal justice system. Students also receive exposure by gaining firsthand field experience through the variety of community partnerships and research opportunities.