ASU School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
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Our school is a nationally recognized leader in higher education and is highly regarded for its distinguished faculty and research productivity.

We are one of the highest rated programs at Arizona State University and conveniently located on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus in the sixth largest city in the U.S. Our proximity to major criminal justice agencies enhances the opportunities for instruction, practice and student internship experience. Read about our growth in the 2005-2010 Five Year Report.

Mission:  We strive to produce world-class criminological research and to maintain high-quality academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students by creating intellectual fusion through interdisciplinary approaches to major social issues; being socially embedded in our community to maximize our local impact as well as our national stature; and contributing to societal transformations in ways that facilitate greater well-being and enhance public safety.


Fall 2014


  • Director: Cassia Spohn, PhD
  • Tenured and tenure track faculty: 20
  • Full-time lecturers: 4
  • Faculty associates: 27
  • Online faculty: 4

Enrollment Fall 2014

  • 2,673 total student population
  • 1,506 undergraduate students
  • 687 undergraduate online students
  • 421 graduate online students
  • 22 graduate students
  • 37 PhD students

Degree Programs Fall 2014


  • Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice Online

    • Undergraduate Certificate in Homeland Security
    • Undergraduate Certificate in Security Studies
  • Minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice (In Person and Online)

  • Graduate

  • Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Online

  • Master of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security Online
  • Master of Science in Program Evaluation
    • Graduate Certificate in Law Enforcement Management Online
    • Graduate Certificate in Corrections Management Online

    • Graduate Certificate in Program Evaluation


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Research Areas

  • Community and Institutional Corrections
  • Criminal Justice Policy
  • Effects of Race/Ethnicity and Gender on Sentencing Decisions
  • Fraud Victimization, Gender & Crime
  • Gangs, Community Policing, and Drug Use
  • Immigration, Crime and Social Justice
  • Juvenile Court Processes
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Police and Technology
  • Prisoner Reentry and Reintegration
  • Sentencing Policies
  • Sociology of Punishment
  • Theories of Disorder, Neighborhoods and Crime

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