California University of Pennsylvania

250 University Ave, California, PA 15419-1394

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The completion of any degree is allowed to apply for admission to California University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Arts in Social Science: Applied Criminology program. However, the best-suited undergraduate degrees for this program are typically sociology, criminology, criminal justice, psychology, and forensic science. 

Admission requirements include an undergraduate degree, proof of a 3.0 GPA upon baccalaureate graduation, and a minimum one page essay that describes the reason and purpose for applying to the program, career plans, etc., in order to highlight strengths and qualification for application to the program.

This is a 36-credit hour program that covers a span of six semesters. Course sequences will usually start in the fall, and students will end the program with the same group of people with whom they started. This being a masters program, all courses will be advanced and at the 700 and 800 levels. Some course topics will include Research Methods, Criminal Investigative Analysis, Equivocal Death Analysis and Geographical Crime Analysis.

The sixth and final semester during the summer, students will have the option of writing a thesis (RES 849), gaining experience by having a graduate internship (GRA 800), or studying abroad (GRA 820).

Courses will prepare students for administrative, policy, management, and planning positions in criminal/juvenile justice agencies. Students will learn the criminal investigative analysis, geographical profiling, and equivocal death analysis from many different angles, including legal, psychological, and criminological perspectives.

This career mainly focuses on social and practical issues that occur during the implementation of laws in different environments in the criminal justice field. Inpiduals in the criminology field may be employed by local or federal law enforcement offices to help them predict patterns of criminal behavior and enhance response time to crime.

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    Students must hold an undergraduate degree with a graduating GPA of 3.0

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