The University of Maryland (UMD) and Nanjing Normal University (NNU) in China offer a pioneering joint Master's degree in Criminal Justice.  For information (in Chinese) about applying to this program, please visit the website of Nanjing Normal University (有关该项目的申请信息, 请访问南京师范大学的网站).

“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, 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)
UMD’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in criminal justice research and education.  Similarly, NNU’s School of Law is one of China’s most prestigious centers for legal studies.

The UMD-NNU joint program—the first of its kind to be offered in China—leverages the outstanding human, scholarly, and technical resources of both institutions to create a singular learning environment for its enrollees.  Over the years graduates from the program have assumed leading roles in various branches of China's legal system, including as lawyers, law enforcement officers and experts in legal adjustments and improvement.

UMD’s Office of International and Executive Programs serves as liaison between UMD and NNU, helps recruit and evaluate applicants according to UMD standards and criteria, and ensures compliance with relevant UMD policies and procedures.

Students spend a year studying at their home institution (NNU) before transferring to the U.S. to complete a six-month residency at UMD prior to graduation.  UMD faculty visit NNU to teach some required courses, and all class instruction—whether given in China or the U.S.—is conducted in English. 

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.

As the culmination of their studies at UMD, candidates have the opportunity to present their research findings 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 2018-2019 cohort (presented in November 2019):

  • 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 (presented in November 2018):

  • 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; and,
  • The Link between Sexual Harassment Victimization, Social Reaction, and Psychological Symptoms among Chinese University Students.

Research topics of the 2016-2017 cohort (presented in October 2017):

  • Sexual assault in the Beijing subway system;
  • Drunk driving cases in Shanghai; and,
  • Identity theft targeting Nanjing Normal University students.

Research topics of the 2015-2016 cohort (presented in November 2016):

  • Larceny on university campuses;
  • Drug abuse by public figures;
  • Online trademark infringement;
  • Sociological analysis of medical disputes;
  • Relationship between traumatic experiences and juvenile delinquency; and,
  • Domestic violence.

Research topics of the 2014-2015 cohort (presented in November 2015):

  • Telecommunications fraud;
  • Drunk driving;
  • Offenses committed by migrant workers;
  • Juvenile involvement in pornography networks;
  • Online consumption scams; and,
  • Violations of air pollution laws and regulations.


Nanjing Graduates