Requirements for Master of Science in Criminology
Total credits: 30
Admission: 3.0 GPA, three (3) academic/professional recommendations, personal statement no more than 2 pages double-spaced to answer the question of how a Master’s degree in Criminology will be beneficial to their career aspirations, and completed application to include transcripts.
Curriculum: Graduates of Saint Vincent College with a degree in Criminology, Law and Society will be afforded six advanced placement credits towards this 30 credit curriculum based upon their successful completion of courses which are currently taught at the graduate level by the Department:
- Criminological Theories
- Criminology Capstone
Candidates who have not received a CLS Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Vincent College may still qualify for the six advanced placement credits. To do so, the student must successfully complete the Ethical Decisions course offered by Saint Vincent and either the Criminological Theories course or the Criminology Capstone course offered by the College.
During the fall, all Master’s candidates will take three core courses:
- Research Methods
- Policy Analysis
- Advanced Criminological Theories
While it is not recommended that candidates take a fourth course in the fall, the candidates may choose to take International Criminal Law, Sentencing, or Prediction and Prevention of Criminal Conduct as an elective course if it is offered during that term.
In the spring, all Master’s candidates will take three core courses:
- Legal Issues
- Professional Seminar
Again, while it is not recommended that a candidate take a fourth course in the spring, an elective course may be chosen from Financing Criminal Organizations, Urban Street Gang Prosecutions, and Criminology of Race, if they are offered that term.
In the summer following the first academic year of the Master’s Program, the candidate will have the option of either writing a thesis to be awarded six additional credits or taking two elective courses from among the courses offered that summer.