Northern Arizona University

Applied Criminology

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The M.S. in Applied Criminology is a two-year program designed to prepare students for careers as crime and justice researchers, including professional careers in local, regional, national, or international justice contexts and/or further academic studies in doctoral programs. Core courses in the program create a strong foundation in advanced criminological theory and research methods to facilitate the student’s independent research and critical investigation into law, crime, justice, and policy. Drawing on the research and teaching strengths of our faculty, the curriculum allows students to develop expertise in one of three focus areas: (1) Transnational Crime and Justice; (2) Communities and Justice; or (3) Law, Policy and Social Change. Students apply the knowledge and skills gained through coursework with a capstone project involving research (thesis), teaching (practicum & paper), or a justice agency (internship & paper). The focus areas and capstone options offer a distinctive graduate experience that prepares students for their chosen professional career in applied justice settings and/or further academic studies.

The application deadline is February 15. For more information about the program, please visit

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Kara Stone
Graduate Administrative Associate
Criminology & Criminal Justice
(928) 523-0605

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