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Sociology & Anthropology

    G R A D U A T E  S C H O O L  of    A R T S  &  S C I E N C E S    
Master of Arts in Sociology, Justice and Criminology concentration

Fordham’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers a Sociology M.A. with a concentration in Justice and Criminology. In contrast to other programs that focus on criminal justice processing, Fordham offers a grounded critical approach. Students are encouraged to challenge existing assumptions of crime and justice and to examine how social forces shape a society’s responses to crime and other social problems. This approach provides students with the broad theoretical background needed to conceptualize policy, evaluate research problems, and to locate them within contemporary issues in the field. Special attention is given to the effects of race, ethnicity, gender, class and the role of community. Students are encouraged to participate in internship opportunities in justice-related fields coordinated with government and private sector agencies in New York City.

Recent graduates of our graduate program in Sociology hold a variety of research and management positions in both public and private social research agencies.

Requirements:  The Masters Degree requires 30 credits of coursework beyond the bachelors degree or 24 credits of coursework and six credits of thesis research. Coursework must include a semester each of theory, methods, and statistics. A B-average (3.0) must be maintained in courses taken for the Master's degree. A comprehensive exam (offered every spring) must be successfully completed during the final semester of coursework or after the completion of all course requirements.

Admission:  Students with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology or other social science and an undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 3.0 are eligible to apply to the Justice and Criminology specialization. Students without previous coursework in Sociology may be required to take additional credits for the degree.

For more information about the application process, click the 'Apply Online' button at the top of the page.  For more information about this M.A. program, contact:

Dr. Emily Rosenbaum
Associate Chair for Graduate Programs,

Department of Sociology


phone:  (718) 817-3858

Dr. James Wilson


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