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Applied Criminology

Master of Arts: Social Science – Applied Criminology - Credits:  30  (program code:  0946)

Certificate – Applied Criminology- Credits: 12 (program code: 0740)

Certificate – Behavioral Crime Analysis – Credits: 12 (program code: 0741)

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. Students may select to pursue the master’s degree and two certificates.  In the master's degree 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. The two certificates may be completed separately or as part of the master’s degree.

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)

Admission 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
  • International Global Online Applicants.

Conditional Admission Requirements

Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements. Those admitted conditionally based on any missing document have up to a maximum of one term to satisfy the requirements.

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

Curriculum - Master's Degree

CRM 700 Advanced Criminological Theories                           3
CRM 710 Advanced Behavioral Crime Analysis Theory    3
CRM 720 Research Methods in Criminology      3
CRM 820 Ethical and Legal Aspects of Criminology    3
CRM 830 Criminal Investigative Analysis    3
CRM 840 Equivocal Death Analysis     3
CRM 850 Geographical Crime Analysis
CRM 855 Applied Research in Criminology    3
CRM 880 Criminology Thesis OR
CRM 885 Criminology Internship OR
CRM 890 Criminology Studies Abroad

Curriculum - Certificates

Applied Criminology Certificate
 Course Credits
  CRM 700 Advanced Criminological Theories  3
  CRM 720 Research Methods in Criminology
  CRM 820 Ethical and Legal Aspects of Criminology  3
  CRM 850 Geographical Crime Analysis  3

Behavioral Crime Analysis Certificate
 Course Credits
  CRM 710 Advanced Behavioral Crime Analysis Theory  3
  CRM 830 Criminal Investigative Analysis  3
  CRM 840 Equivocal Death Analysis  3
  CRM 850 Geographical Crime Analysis  3


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.

How to Apply

  • Complete the Graduate School Application
  • Submit the nonrefundable $25 Application Fee
  • Mail official transcript to:
    • School of Graduate Studies and Research
      California University of Pennsylvania
      Box 91, 250 University Ave.
      California, PA 15419
  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email ( or fax (724-938-5712)

Application Questions

Phone: 724-938-4187

For Additional Information

Phone: 1-866-595-6348

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

Web Page:

Program Faculty

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

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