The MA in criminology, law and society prepares students to conduct high-quality scientific research in the criminal justice field. Students learn cutting-edge social science methods and data analysis skills for advancing knowledge in the social sciences and for making a difference in the development and evaluation of justice policies and practices. The MA prepares students to pursue advanced graduate studies at the doctoral level or for positions that require rigorous research skills.
For a related program, see Criminology, Law and Society, PhD
Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in the Admission section of this catalog. For information specific to the MA in criminology, law and society, see Application Requirements and Deadlines on the departmental web site.
For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.
Students who have prior graduate course work that has not been applied to another degree may request to have a maximum of 12 of these graduate credits transferred to their degree program, with approval of the graduate director and dean and in accordance with the Academic Policies section of this catalog.
Reduction of Credits
Students entering the master's program with a previously conferred graduate degree in a related discipline may request that the required credits for the MA degree be reduced by a maximum of 12 credits with approval of the graduate director and dean and in accordance with the Graduate Policies section of this catalog.
Each new student is assigned a faculty advisor who helps develop a program of study. The advisor and faculty assess the progress of all students annually. Students who fail to make satisfactory progress may be terminated from the program. Satisfactory progress in the MA in criminology, law and society is defined as maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.00 with the minimum grade of B- in all courses. Students who receive a grade below B- will receive an academic warning the first time and a letter of termination the second time.
Total credits: 30
Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.
|CRIM 700||Values, Ethics, and Criminal Justice Policy||3|
|CRIM 710||Criminological Theory||3|
|CRIM 720||Law and Social Science||3|
|CRIM 740||Justice Organizations||3|
|CRIM 760||Evidence-Based Crime Policy||3|
Analytical Methods Courses
|CRIM 780||Research Methods||3|
|CRIM 782||Statistics I||3|
|CRIM 783||Statistics II||3|
Students must apply 6 credits of thesis to the degree. A thesis proposal must be submitted to the graduate director prior to registering for thesis credits. The master's thesis must be defended orally before a committee of three faculty appointed by the graduate director.
Students must follow the thesis enrollment policy of the university and once enrolled in CRIM 799 Master's Thesis, maintain continuous enrollment as specified in Academic Policies.
|CRIM 799||Master's Thesis||6|