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    The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is a nationally recognized leader in criminological research and education.

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    UNO SCCJ doctoral student Clara Braun is a research associate with UNOs Center of Collaborative Science (CCS). She presented research complied by the CCS at a conference hosted jointly by the US Department of Defense (DOD) and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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    The School's faculty and students are involved in a number of collaborative research projects with community stakeholders that address specific needs and inform best practices.

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    UNO doctoral student Michael Logan (right) is pictured with Major General Eric Vollmecke of the Air National Guard. Logan presented a poster presentation at the Pentagon's Strategic Multilayer Assessment Conference.

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The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is a nationally recognized leader in the scientific study of the causes of crime and criminal justice system responses. Faculty are subject matter experts in youth and adult victimization, correctional excellence, policing, and global terrorism among other critical areas of criminal justice.


  • Our bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs are among the top criminology and criminal justice programs, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. Our Master's of Science degree program is rated third in the country.
  • Faculty experts partner with criminal justice agencies and community organizations to generate solutions to crime in our communities and enhance criminal justice policies and practices. Faculty research projects are supported through federal funding agencies such as the National Institute of Justice, as well as state and local partners.

One Nationally Ranked Program, Two Campuses

Students may enroll in courses on the metropolitan Omaha campus, Lincoln campus, or complete their degree completely online. Our SCCJ students have access to real-world learning opportunities that contextualize their academic education and benefit our communities. At UNO, students actively collaborate to improve our understanding of the causes and correlates of crime, the criminal justice response to crime, and contribute to the developing scientific knowledge in creating more effectively solutions to enhancing community safety.