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Criminology

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Master of Arts (M.A.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

One of the social and behavioral sciences disciplines in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the program looks at the historical development of criminal justice, its evolution into modern legal systems and ongoing problems and reforms in policing, the courts and corrections. Students develop an understanding of the causes of criminal behavior and the social conditions that contribute to crime, and they analyze how the criminal justice system operates.

Students who complete the program and receive an M.A. degree may continue to pursue training in a Ph.D. program. Or they may secure a position in a research organization, government agency or related jobs in the criminal justice field.

The M.A. in criminology is a joint program between GW’s sociology and forensic sciences departments. The program combines training in traditional criminology, criminal justice and forensic sciences. Requirements include courses in research methods, statistics, criminology, criminal law and forensic sciences.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines*:

Fall – April 1 (January 5 for applicants applying for assistantships/fellowships)
Spring – November 1 (October 1 for international applicants)

Applications received after the above dates will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Standardized test scores:

GRE general test (institutional code 5246). Waived for applicants who hold a J.D., M.D., or Ph.D.

Recommendations required:

Three (3) academic letters of recommendation

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application. If you are applying for an assistantship or fellowship, you should also describe any teaching or research experience you have had.

Additional requirements:

A recent writing sample is recommended. Please review the department website prior to applying.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

For more information on the admission process, please visit the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Frequently Asked Questions page.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences – Graduate Admissions Office
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 107
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions:
askccas@gwu.edu ~ 202.994.6210 (phone) ~ 202.994.6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday