Graduate Programs

Criminal Justice students pose during a study abroad trip.

Criminology: Ph.D., M.A.


The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice offers a master of arts and a doctor of philosophy degree program in both sociology and criminology. The primary focus of the program is the preparation of members of the next generation of sociologists and criminologists by emphasizing systematic training in theory and research methodology as well as teaching. These advanced education degrees are intended for people interested in careers in academia, public service or private enterprise. The department has a large number of full-time distinguished faculty from the disciplines of sociology, philosophy, law, political science, criminology, history and criminal justice. This allows students to work closely with faculty members while preserving a reasonable breadth of interests. Thus, while both the sociology and criminology degrees rely on strong theoretical and methodological foundations, they also allow students to tailor a program that meets their individual needs.

Program Concentrations:

  • Criminology
  • Disasters and the Environment
  • Gender
  • Law and Society
  • Methods
  • Race
  • Sociology of Health
  • Sociological Theory


Application Deadlines


January 3: Final deadline to apply

UD Tuition

The 2023-2024 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $1028.