Criminology Masters Degree
The Master of Science in Criminology will provide a needed educational opportunity for three distinct groups:
- those wishing to further their education and pursue a doctorate in Criminology/Criminal Justice or related fields.
- criminal justice practitioners already working in the field who have previously completed their bachelor’s degree and are seeking advancement in their respective criminal justice occupational fields; and
- non-traditional and traditional students seeking to complete a master’s degree in criminal justice.
These occupational fields of criminology include corrections, law enforcement, and court related services such as probation, parole, and rehabilitation, all of which are critical to this region, the state, and our nation.
Students will select from one of two possible tracks: law enforcement or corrections/courts.
Applications to the Criminology Masters Degree Program are due by July 1st for the fall semester and by November 1st for the spring semester. Applications submitted after the due dates will be considered, but admission to MS CRIM cannot be guaranteed. Application submission does not guarantee acceptance into the program and students are urged to apply early. Students must first complete the Graduate Application for Admission online to be considered for admission to the MS Criminology program. All applicants must provide a complete application file which contains the following items (Click here for requirements)
The need for Criminal Justice professionals is always going to exist. The fields of Criminology will continue to grow, as there will always be a need for individuals to supervise, treat, counsel and arrest those who violate the law.
|Employment Opportunities||Education Requirements||Percent Job Growth*|
|Crime Scene Examiner||Bachelor degree and experience or master degree required for professional growth and promotion||20%|
|Detectives||Bachelor degree and experience or master degree required for professional growth and promotion||10%|
|Correctional Officer||Post-secondary education required. The correctional industry is one of the more accelerated fields for upward and professional growth.||9%|
|Probation Officer||Bachelor degree and experience or master degree required for professional growth and promotion||19%|
|Private Investigator||Requirements vary by state||22%|
|Paralegal & Court Reporters||Bachelor degree required by most employers, graduate education or terminal degree preferred||28%|
|Lawyers||Bachelor degree/master degree and law school requirements||13%|
|Gaming and Surveillance||Bachelor degree and experience or master degree required for professional growth and promotion||14%|
|Policing/Police Officers||Bachelor degree and experience or master degree required for professional growth and promotion||10%|
*Statistics compiled on projected growth by year end 2018 (BJS)