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Master of Arts in Criminology

Thank you for your interest in our online Master of Arts Program in Criminology!

This curriculum is comprised of 10 three-credit hour courses (total of 30 credit hours). The MA in Criminology curriculum is comprised of 5 required courses (15 credit hours), 5 elective courses (15 credit hours), 1 research tool course (which is included in the required courses).

There is no thesis requirement, but students must complete a 3-credit hour research project and pass an oral examination (this is one of the required courses listed above). Every course in the curriculum is taught online which provides students with the opportunity to complete assigned reading materials, to submit assignments, to watch video recorded lectures, and to participate in class discussion boards during days and times of the week that are convenient for their personal schedules.

Our plan is to offer four courses each Fall semester, three courses in the Spring semester, two courses over the summer months, and one course during the 3-week winter term in January. This should provide students with the opportunity to complete the program in one calendar year.

Prospective students may use the links on the right to learn more about the application process, to read an overview of our MA in Criminology program, to learn about the curriculum, and to view a listing of our faculty and their areas of concentration. We have also posted our tentative schedule of course offerings in this new program over the next two calendar years.


How to Apply

If you wish to apply to our MA in Criminology graduate program, you may apply online by visiting the Office of Graduate Studies and Research website. The application process for our program requires applicants:

1) to submit an application
2) pay the application fee of $40
3) submit official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, and
4) submit official transcripts from all universities attended (WKU alumni do not need to submit official transcripts).

Applicants may also decide to submit a "non-degree" seeking application. This option is available to prospective students who would like to complete up to 12 credit hours of coursework (4 classes) before formally applying to our graduate program. Non-degree seeking applicants must complete the online application, pay the application fee, and submit all undergraduate and graduate level transcripts. However, applicants do NOT need to submit official transcripts or GRE scores until they apply as a "degree seeking" student. Please remember - only 12 credit hours (4 classes) can be taken as a non- degree seeking student before students must formally apply to our graduate program.

*If you have any questions or are interested in speaking with someone from the department about the MA in Criminology, visit the Sociology Department or send an e-mail to: criminology@wku.edu.



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 Last Modified 6/19/19