The UCF Department of Criminal Justice provides excellence in teaching, research and service. Dedicated to our students, faculty members deliver outstanding undergraduate and graduate instruction, incorporating learning, service and inquiry. The department also conducts quality research, pursuing local, state and federal funding to advance knowledge within our discipline. By actively developing meaningful partnerships, we provide exemplary service to the university and broader professional and academic community.

Criminal Justice Graduate Programs
Virtual Open House

Wednesday, September 23 at 3 p.m. on Zoom

Interested in a criminal justice graduate degree?
Join our virtual open house to hear from our department chair, program directors, faculty members and advisors to learn more about the following graduate programs:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Dual Degree Master of Public Administration/Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Graduate certificates

Register to attend and for a chance to win a CJ Swag Bag.

2019 – 2020 Awards and Honors

Faculty

Professor Catherine Kaukinen received the 2019 American Society of Criminology (ASC) Division on Women and Crime Distinguished Scholar Award.

Professor Catherine Kaukinen received the 2019 American Society of Criminology (ASC) Division of Victimology Bonnie S. Fisher Victimology Career Award.

Assistant Professor Jill Viglione received the 2019 American Society of Criminology (ASC) Division on Corrections and Sentencing Distinguished New Scholar Award.

Alumni

Robert Barnett ’09 ‘11MS won the 2019 National #Catalyst4Change Award.

Students

Lucas Alward, doctoral candidate, received the 2019 American Society of Criminology (ASC) Division on Corrections and Sentencing Dissertation Award.

Juliana Tenaglia, undergraduate student, placed first in the upper division Criminal Law Exam at the 2019 American Criminal Justice Association Regional Conference.

Ayla Todriff, Summerline Anderson and Alexandra Sabal, undergraduate students, placed second in the upper division Crime Scene Competition at the 2019 American Criminal Justice association Regional Conference.

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