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Applied Criminology

Master of Arts: Social Science – Applied Criminology - Credits:  36  (program code:  0946)

Program Description

The applied criminology program is on the forefront of understanding advanced criminological theories, 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.

Program Objectives

  • Create a strong foundation of theoretical knowledge and research skills
  • Undertake behavioral analysis and apply newly learned skills and techniques to prevent, predict, and solve crimes having a major impact on societies throughout the world
  • Evaluate the ethical and legal aspects of the application of theory to practice

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)

Admissions Criteria

Minimum 3.0 GPA in a baccalaureate* verified with official transcripts from an accredited institution

Graduate Application for Admission plus $25 nonrefundable application fee

*Applicants with a GPA of 2.50-2.99 may apply, but must also submit a resume as well as a typed 500 word essay supporting their application, describing their background and what they hope to accomplish with the degree.

International Students:

International students studying from their country of origin must have an official copy of their TOEFL score sent from their testing center with the minimum TOEFL scores of 500 on the paper-based test, 61 on the Internet-based test, and 173 on the computer-based test. An international applicant with a degree from an English speaking college or university may, after consulting with the Graduate Coordinator and the Graduate School, be waived from the document evaluation requirement.


Semester 1 - Fall
Course NameCredits
CRM 700 Advanced Criminological Theories                           3
RES 800  Research Methods     3

Semester 2 - Spring

Course NameCredits
GRA 810  Special Topics in Graduate Studies
CRM 820  Ethical and Legal Aspects of Criminology                    3

Semester 3 - Summer

Course NameCredits
CRM 710 Advanced Behavioral Crime Analysis Theory
RES 810  Qualitative Research Methods in Social Science    3

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

CRM 830 Criminal Investigative Analysis


Semester 5 - Spring
Course NameCredits
CRM 850 Geographical Crime Analysis    3
CRM 860 Applied Research Methods in Criminology    3

Semester 6 - Summer
Course NameCredits
RES 849 Thesis OR



GRA 800 Graduate Internship OR                       
GRA 820 Graduate 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.L.M. (Kent Law School, University of Kent at Canterbury), Graduate Forensic Science and Law Certificate (Duquesne University), 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.P.H, 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),  Associate Professor

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