There are currently 4 MA tracks. Each track aims to specialize and educate in its own field focusing on the interplay between theory and application
Criminology Program in the Criminal Investigative Interviewing track:
This program offers the opportunity of a specific specialization in investigative interviewing. The studies provide in-depth theoretical and applied knowledge regarding information elicitation and information evaluation, the two main components of investigative interviewing. As part of it, students are exposed to up-to-date, evidence-based tools and techniques for collecting and assessing information in the interview of suspects, complainants, witnesses and victims, as well as for detecting deception and profiling applications. The studies also provide the theoretical basis of the areas of knowledge that underlie the components of the interview, such as personality, applied memory, and decision-making processes. The program is suitable for both applicants who wish to conduct research in the field and those who actually engage in frontal interviewing in the police and other security bodies, as well as in the public and private sectors.
Theoretical Criminology Program:
The theoretical track provides the student with an overview of criminology, at an advanced level. Areas surveyed include personality profiling, victimology, ethnocriminology, police and society and social deviance. Students of various backgrounds (criminology, psychology, law, social work etc) will be able to complete their education at the M.A level in this program.
Clinical Criminology Program:
Clinical Criminology is a discipline which is recognized by the Ministry of Health. It has expanded out from the confines of the clinics of the prison services to become part of various health and rehabilitation institutions. The main characteristic of Clinical Criminology is to be found in the inter-relations between the mental health, the legal, the penal and social rehabilitation systems. Clinical criminology focuses on diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for offenders, victims and people who suffer from mental and personality disorders or who have risky behaviors.
The studies combine criminological, psychological and psychiatric perspectives by training the student in subjects such as: clinical examination and diagnosis, risk assessments, psychopathology, approaches to treatment, and forensic aspects. The studies include field work in hospitals, in clinics, and in various other treatment and rehabilitation institutions.
Rehabilitative Criminology Program:
Rehabilitative criminology is an interventional profession designed to encourage the rehabilitation of ex-offenders and drug addicts and to reduce risk behavior in adolescents and adults using the client’s personal and social resources. The rehabilitation track provides hands-on training for students together with acquiring knowledge in diverse research areas in criminology, while emphasizing systemic socio-therapeutic interventions and the ability to provide rehabilitation in the client’s natural environments. The professional mission of the rehabilitative criminologist is to assess, treat and rehabilitate ex-offenders and at-risk marginalized populations, with the goal of helping these individuals integrate back into society.