The University of Maryland (UMD) and Nanjing Normal University (NNU) offer a pioneering cooperative Master's degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice (CJCH).  Professionals in in this field contribute significantly to society at the national and international levels.  In-depth understanding of the causes of criminal behavior enables CJCH graduates to develop effective strategies to prevent crime, reduce recidivism, and enhance public safety; such strategies can help foster more peaceful and equitable societies.

Additionally, criminology and criminal justice can also address environmental crimes that can cause widespread harm to nature and people globally.  Overall, the knowledge and skills gained from CJCH studies can help create a more sustainable future and safer communities, both regionally and internationally.

“The Office of International and Executive Programs continues to play a vital role in helping BSOS enhance its standing as an innovative and globally connected college.”
— Dr. Gregory Ball, former Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS)
— 格雷戈里. 鲍 博士,行为与社会科学学院院长(BSOS)
Please note: To successfully complete the CJCH program and receive a Master's degree from the University of Maryland, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Furthermore, only course grades of "C-" or higher count toward degree completion; if a student receives a course grade that is not a "C-" or higher, then the candidate must retake the course at a later time.
The University of Maryland’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJS)—the academic home of the CJCH program at UMD—is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in research and education in its field.  Similarly, NNU’s School of Law is one of China’s most prestigious centers of its kind.
The program’s advantages are that students not only receive world-class professional training in criminology and criminal justice, but they also are exposed to international law and processes.  In this way, CJCH graduates are equipped with advanced skills and can adapt to both national and international circumstances.  The CJCH program serves the educational interests of criminology and criminal justice communities by preparing enrollees for challenging careers in relevant civilian sectors.
The UMD-NNU program leverages the outstanding human, scholarly, and pedagogical resources of both institutions to create a unique learning environment for its students.  Faculty from both UMD and NNU teach program courses, and students spend a year studying at NNU before transferring to the U.S. to complete a six-month residency at UMD prior to graduation.
UMD’s Office of International and Executive Programs (OIEP) manages the program, serves as liaison between UMD and NNU, and ensures compliance with relevant UMD policies and procedures.
As the culmination of their studies at UMD, candidates have the opportunity to present their Capstone course research to a panel of faculty led by the chair of UMD's Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice (see below for a list of presentations given in recent years).

Research topics of the 2021-2022 cohort:

  • Criminal Career of Organized Crime Offenders in China;
  • Fraud on Online Trading Platforms and Routine Activity Theory;
  • The Cyberbullying Victim-Bully Overlap in the Online Gaming Community in China;
  • Sentencing Disparities in China.

Research topics of the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 cohorts:

  • Influence of the Anti Domestic Violence Law on Marital Domestic Violence Behavior: The Case of Nanjing, China;
  • Family Environment Characteristics and Incidence of Domestic Violence;
  • Domestic Violence and Media;
  • The Efficiency Evaluation of Deferred Prosecution Agreements in Controlling Foreign Corrupt Practices Act;
  • The Relationship between China's Crime Rate and Economic Development;
  • The Relationship between Education Level and the Likelihood of Driving While Intoxicated.

Research topics of the 2018-2019 cohort:

  • Exploratory Research of Social Disorganization Theory in a Chinese Context;
  • Family, Social Bonding, and the Risk of Drug Use in the Jiangning District of  Nanjing;
  • Research on SES and Juvenile Delinquents’ Sentencing - Based on the Gulou District of Nanjing City;
  • Research on the Problem of Migrant Students’ Deviant Behavior;
  • Understanding College Students’ Purchase Behavior of Online Counterfeit Luxury Bags - in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.

Research topics of the 2017-2018 cohort:

  • The Influence of Violent and Non-violent Video Games on Aggressive Behaviors: Time Length, Violence, and Stimuli;
  • Peer Support for Bullied Students in Middle Schools of Liaocheng, China;
  • An Empirical Study of Online Shopping Fraud Victims in Yangzhou, China;
  • How Exposure to Parental Violence Leads to Increased Levels of Dating Violence;
  • Effects of Extralegal Factors on Sentencing Outcomes in the Intermediate People's Court of Nanjing, China;
  • The Link between Sexual Harassment Victimization, Social Reaction, and Psychological Symptoms among Chinese University Students.

Research topics of the 2016-2017 cohort:

  • Sexual Assault in the Beijing Subway System;
  • Drunk Driving Cases in Shanghai;
  • Identity Theft Targeting Nanjing Normal University Students.

Research topics of the 2015-2016 cohort:

  • Larceny on University Campuses;
  • Drug Abuse by Public Figures;
  • Online Trademark Infringement;
  • Sociological Analysis of Medical Disputes;
  • Relationship between Traumatic Experiences and Juvenile Delinquency;
  • Domestic violence.

Research topics of the 2014-2015 cohort:

  • Telecommunications Fraud;
  • Drunk Driving;
  • Offenses Committed by Mmigrant Workers;
  • Juvenile Involvement in Pornography Networks;
  • Online Consumption Scams; 
  • Violations of Air Pollution Laws and Regulations.


Nanjing Graduates