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M.A. in Criminology & Criminal Justice

Statement of Department Specific Aims of the Criminology & Criminal Justice M.A. Program


Eastern Michigan University’s Sociology Anthropology and Criminology department currently offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Criminology & Criminal Justice.   Criminology is the study of crime, community reaction to crime and the meaning of crime in terms of law.  Criminal justice refers to the system used by government to maintain social control, prevent crime, enforce laws and administer justice.

The M.A. in Criminology & Criminal Justice program provides students with a multidisciplinary understanding of crime and justice within the framework of broader social processes.  The program is designed to develop students’ skills in research, program planning and evaluation in the field of criminology and criminal justice.  These skills will strengthen the professional qualifications of people already employed in the industry.  The curriculum will also prepare students for careers in post-secondary education or doctoral study in a behavioral or social science.  The analytical skills stressed by this program enable students to identify and assess the often times conflicting objectives of criminal justice and to investigate basic issues and practical problems in criminology and the administration of criminal justice.

Our program covers a number of challenging issues facing society today, including: policing, transnational crime and violence, white-collar crime, community corrections, domestic violence and sexual assault, and miscarriages of justice.  Coursework is taught by the Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology department faculty, who are also leaders in their field, committed educators and dedicated scholars. 

Successful completion of the M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice program requires students to complete 31 hours of course work across required courses, program area courses, and elective or cognate courses.  Students have the option of either writing a M.A. thesis, or writing two essays concerning methodological, theoretical, or substantive issues in criminology and criminal justice.

We are proud of our graduates, who carry on the tradition of leadership in their disciplines.


Students are invited to make an appointment with the Criminology Graduate Coordinator for advising.  To arrange an appointment, contact Dr. Brian Sellers: bseller3@emich.edu.

Course Catalog

Students can view the required coursework for the M.A. in Criminology & Criminal Justice degree by viewing the course catalog.