Criminology and Criminal Justice (CRIM)
Graduate Degree Program
College: Behavioral and Social Sciences
The program of graduate study leading to a Traditional Master of Arts and Doctorate of Philosophy degrees in the area of Criminology and Criminal Justice is intended to prepare students for research, teaching and professional employment in operational agencies within the field of criminal justice. This program combines an intensive background in a social science discipline such as criminology, criminal justice, sociology, psychology and public policy with graduate-level study of selected aspects of crime and criminal justice.
In addition, the Department offers a joint J.D./M.A. degree with the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, located in Baltimore.
A recent study of Department M.A. and Ph.D. alumni reveals that master’s degree graduates have found employment in both public and private institutions in virtually every kind of activity associated with the criminal justice system: research; teaching; federal, state and local law enforcement; courts; corrections; private security; and funded programs. Ph.D. graduates have found employment mostly in teaching, research, and government agency administration.
Graduate research assistantships, teaching assistantships, scholarships, and fellowships are available to select individuals applying to our doctoral program. In recent years many admitted doctoral students receive funding through assistantships, and some may be awarded supplemental scholarships or fellowships offered by the Department, the BSOS Dean’s Office, or The Graduate School. Applications should be received by December 1st of the preceding Fall term for best consideration.
If you're interested in applying for the Fellowships in Support of Diversity and Inclusion in the Behavioral and Social Sciences, please be sure to upload your materials under "Supplementary Application" when submitting your online admissions application.
Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Criminology
2220 LeFrak Hall
7251 Preinkert Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
- Statement of Purpose
- TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international graduate students)
- Letters of Recommendation (3)
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- Writing Sample
In addition to the general Graduate School rules, special admission requirements include a major in a social science discipline and nine hours of coursework in appropriate areas of criminal justice.
For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website: www.gradschool.umd.edu/admissions
|Type of Applicant||Fall Deadline|
|US Citizens and Permanent Residents||17 Dec|
|F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A, E, G, H, I and L visas and immigrants||17 Dec|
The Department has various opportunities for graduate students to participate in current projects. Recent students have worked in research centers at the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), and the National Institute of Justice. In addition, our faculty maintain an array of ongoing, funded research projects where students can assist. These resources provide numerous opportunities for students to engage in policy development, research, and professional activities.
|Last Name||First/Middle Name||Graduate Faculty Status||Academic Credentials||Positions|
|Bersani||Bianca E.||Full Member||B.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2002; M.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2004; Ph.D., University of Maryland-College Park, 2010.||Associate Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice |
|Brooks||Laure Weber||Full Member||B.A.,University of Maryland-College Park, 1980; M.A., 1982; Ph.D., 1986.||Instructor, Criminology and Criminal Justice |
|Dugan||Laura||Full Member||BFA, Applied Media Arts, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, 1987; MS, Public Management and Policy, H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Managament, Carnegie Mellon Univ., 1995; MS, Statistics, Carnegie Mellon Univ, 1998.||Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice |
|Jacobsen||Wade||Full Member||B.S., Brigham Young University, 2009; M.S., Brigham Young University, 2011; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2017.||Assistant Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice |
|Johnson||Brian D.||Full Member||B.A., Lawrence University, 1997; M.A., Pennsylvania State University, 2000; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2003.||Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice |
Graduate Director, Criminology and Criminal Justice
|Lafree||Gary D.||Full Member||B.A., Indiana Wesleyan University, 1973; M.A., 1975; Ph.D., 1979.||Distinguished University Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice |
Affiliate Professor, Sociology
|Laub||John H.||Full Member||B.A., University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, 1975; M.A., SUNY-Albany, 1976; Ph.D., 1980.||Distinguished University Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice |
Affiliate Professor, Sociology
|McGloin||Jean M.||Full Member||B.A., Bryn Mawr College, 1999; M.A., Rutgers University, 2001; PhD., Rutgers University, 2004||Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice |
|Midgette||Greg||Full Member||B.S., University of Connecticut, 2004; M.P.P., University of California-Los Angeles, 2009; Ph.D., Rand Graduate School of Policy Studies, 2014||Assistant Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice |
|Porter||Lauren||Full Member||B.A., Dickinson College,2006; M.A., SUNY-Albany, 2010; Ph.D., 2012||Assistant Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice |
|Reuter||Peter H.||Full Member||B.A.,University of New South Wales-Kensington, 1966; M.Phil., Yale University, 1971 Ph.D., 1980.||Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice |
|Sherman||Lawrence W.||Full Member||B.A., Denison University, 1970; M.A., University of Chicago, 1970; Diploma in Criminology, Cambridge University, 1973; M.A., Yale University, 1974; Ph.D., 1976.||Distinguished University Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice |
|Simpson||Sally S.||Full Member||B.S., Oregon State University, 1976; M.A., Washington State University, 1978; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1985.||Distinguished University Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice |
Professor, Risk, Compliance, and the Law
Affiliate Associate Professor, American Studies
|Tahamont||Sarah||Full Member||Ph.D. Public Policy, UC Berkeley, 2013.||Assistant Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice |
|Wish||Eric D.||Full Member||B.S., University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1968; Ph.D., Washington University, 1977.||Associate Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice |
|Xie||Min||Full Member||B.A., Beijing University, China 1997; M. A., 2000; Ph.D., SUNY-Albany, 2007.||Associate Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice |