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Applied Criminology

Master of Arts: Social Science – Applied Criminology - Credits:  33  (program code:  0946)

Program Description

The applied criminology program is on the forefront of understanding advanced criminological theories and the behavioral manifestations of violent offenders, and applying this knowledge to create policies and practices to prevent and/or predict the occurrences of serious offenses, and for those major crimes that have been committed, to identify the offenders and develop relevant admissible evidence before any number of courts or tribunals. In the program, students begin by building a strong foundation of theoretical and research knowledge and skills. Thus equipped, students learn to apply the theoretical framework to real-world situations involving criminal investigative analysis, equivocal death analysis and geographical crime analysis. The graduate faculty members combine their multi- and interdisciplinary expertise to the subject matter from criminological, criminal investigative, forensic, socio-psychological, legal and research-driven perspectives.

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)

Admissions Criteria

Admission Requirements (Regular)

  • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • For International Applicants: TOEFL score of 213 on computer-based exam, 550 on paper-based exam or 80 on Internet-based exam. A satisfactory viva voce interview with a member of the graduate faculty of the Department of Criminal Justice may be considered in lieu of the minimum score

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted for a period not to exceed two terms with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:

    o    GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
    o    Unofficial transcripts
    o    Resume
    o    500-word essay supporting application


Semester 1 - Fall
Course NameCredits
CRM 700 Advanced Criminological Theories                           3
CRM 710 Advanced Behavioral Crime Analysis Theory    3

Semester 2 - Winter

Course NameCredits
CRM 720 Research Methods in Criminology                    

Semester 3 - Spring

Course NameCredits
CRM 820 Ethical and Legal Aspects of Criminology
CRM 830 Criminal Investigative Analysis    3

Semester 4 - Summer
Course NameCredits
CRM 840 Equivocal Death Analysis                               3

CRM 855 Applied Research in Criminology


Semester 5 - Fall
Course NameCredits
CRM 870 Special Topics in Criminology    3

Semester 6 - Spring to Summer
Course NameCredits
CRM 880 Criminology Thesis OR



CRM 885 Criminology Internship OR                       
CRM 890 Criminology Studies Abroad


Students in the applied criminology program receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to an academic adviser from the time he/she is accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.

Application Questions

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Eberly 202B
250 University Ave.
California, PA  15419

Program Coordinator

John R. Cencich, J.S.D. (University of Notre Dame), LL.M. (Kent Law School, University of Kent at Canterbury), M.S. (Virginia Commonwealth University), B.S. (St. Paul’s College), Professor


Phone: 724-938-1576

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Graduate Faculty

For faculty bios, visit:

Aref M. Al-Khattar, Ph.D., M.A. (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), B.A. (University of Jordan), Professor

Michael Hummel, Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A. (Columbia University), B.S. (University of the State of New York), A.S. (Troy State University), Professor

Raymond Hsieh, Ph.D. (State University of New York at Buffalo), M.S. (Rochester Institute of Technology), B.A. (Central Police University-Taiwan), Professor

Julie Warnick, J.D. (Thomas M. Cooley Law School), B.S. (West Virginia University), Assistant Professor