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Kate Auerhahn
Associate Professor & Graduate Chair
531 Gladfelter Hall

Program Overview

We are very proud of the Criminal Justice graduate program at Temple University. We offer a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and we also have a doctoral program that leads to a PhD in Criminal Justice. Our graduate program comprises a diverse and active faculty. At Temple we offer a dynamic environment in which faculty, with graduate students, conduct research at the local, regional, national and international levels. Our success to date is evident when you review the wide variety of research grants we receive, the range of publications we (and our students) produce, the reputations of our faculty and the quality of the graduate students we develop, as evidenced by the job placements of our doctoral students.

Post-graduation, our MA students have secured positions in local, state, and federal law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, while others have gone on to pursue further graduate study. We are also extremely proud of the placement record of our PhD graduates. Many go on to tenure-track academic positions, while others pursue research careers in federal, state, and local agencies or the private sector.

Degrees and Programs of Study

The Department of Criminal Justice offers the MA in Criminal Justice and the PhD in Criminal Justice.

Admissions Process

Applications to the graduate program in Criminal Justice must include:

  • The Temple University Graduate Application Form
  • Transcripts from all graduate and undergraduate study
  • Official GRE score report
  • A brief resume
  • Letters of recommendation from three persons familiar with the applicant’s abilities and scholarly potential
  • A “Statement of Goals” explaining the applicant’s research interests and purpose for graduate study (2-3 pages)
  • At least one sample of the applicant’s writing (previous academic work is preferable)
  • A non-refundable application fee of $60 (if submitted electronically: $75 for paper applications)

International students may be required to submit additional materials, such as TOEFL scores. Non-US applicants should consult the Graduate School Admissions-International Applications website.

Submission of Supplementary Materials

Unfortunately, the online application system is unable to accept uploaded documents. These can be sent via post to the department at the following address:

Department of Criminal Justice
Temple University
1115 Pollett Walk
512 Gladfelter Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Documents may also be submitted electronically to


A number of our Masters students are already employed in the criminal justice field. Our MA graduates include a detective in the Philadelphia Police Department and the warden of a local jail. Post-graduation, our students have secured positions in local, state, and federal law enforcement and criminal justice agencies such as the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, while others have gone on to pursue further graduate study, here at Temple and elsewhere.

Many of our PhD graduates have gone on to tenure-track assistant professorships at institutions such as Drexel University, LaSalle University, University of Ottawa, Louisiana State University, Towson University, University of Louisville, and American University; some have begun their academic careers with postdoctoral research positions at institutions like George Mason University and Vera Institute of Justice. In addition to those embarking on academic careers, a number of our PhD graduates have secured research positions at such varied institutions and agencies as the National Institute of Justice, Justice Research and Statistics Association, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies at the University of Delaware, the Police Department of Redlands, California, and Philadelphia Adult Probation and Parole.