- the Thesis Track program is designed to prepare students to pursue doctoral-level study in criminology, criminal justice, or a related field. Students selecting this option are required to complete a thesis project under a faculty adviser.
- the Non-Thesis Track program is geared toward working professionals and designed to provide to them advanced training in such areas as research methods, program evaluation, and policy analysis. Students selecting this option are required to complete a Demonstration Project and are strongly encouraged to complete a field placement (Internship). This track is offered both on-campus and online.
The required core curriculum for both tracks includes courses in criminological theory, research methods, statistics, criminal justice policy, and patterns in crime. The curriculum is grounded in the study of crime and justice from the perspectives of sociology, political science, psychology, and law, and stresses both theoretical and quantitative analyses.
Graduates of the program have gone on to pursue doctorates in criminal justice and criminology at some of the finest doctoral training programs in the country, or to careers in public and private-sector agencies in the criminal justice system at the federal, state, and local levels of government.