Empirical research is an integral part of Michigan State University’s land-grant mission.  Specifically, MSU scholars seek to apply research findings to real-world problems with the goal of  developing solutions, improving lives, and advancing knowledge. The faculty at the School of Criminal Justice actively contribute to this mission, conducting interdisciplinary research on a range of topics related to crime, victimization, justice, and law.

Major projects have been funded by these organizations:

  • U.S. Department of Justice
    • Bureau of Justice Assistance
    • Community Oriented Policing Services
    • National Institute of Justice
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Forensic Science Foundation
  • U.S. Department of the Army
  • U.S. Department of Air Force
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • Michigan State Police
  • Michigan Department of Human Services
  • Mott Foundation
  • Michigan Department of Community Health
  • Guggenheim Foundation.

These research projects inform policy and practice through outreach and engagement efforts as well as professional training opportunities. The integration of cutting-edge research into undergraduate and graduate coursework also provides a unique opportunity for student learning and practical experience.