Joint CJ Program with Nanjing Normal University

“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)

“为了将行为与社会科学学院提升为一所创新和全球性大学,国际项目执行办公室在其中继续发挥着至关重要的作用。”
— 格雷戈里. 鲍 博士,行为与社会科学学院院长(BSOS)

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).

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. 

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.  Student presentations given in November 2016 addressed a variety of crime trends in contemporary China, including larceny on university campuses, drug abuse by public figures, online trademark infringement, disputes over medical payments (including resort to violence), juvenile delinquency and trauma, and domestic violence.

Research topics of the 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.