Graduate Programs

Master of Science

in Criminology

100% Online Masters Degree in Criminology Program

The 100% online Master of Science in Criminology will provides an educational opportunity for three distinct groups: (1) those wishing to further their education and pursue a doctorate in Criminology/Criminal Justice or related fields; (2) 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 (3) non-traditional and traditional students seeking to complete a master’s degree in criminal justice. Students will select from one of two possible tracks: law enforcement or corrections/courts.

How to apply

Begin in August or January

 Students should first complete the online application. There is no fee to apply and a GRE is NOT required. All applicants must provide all required documents to be considered for admission to the program (See Admissions Requirements below for a full listing). Application submission does not guarantee acceptance into the program and students are encouraged to apply early.

Admissions Requirements


  • Complete the online application for admission. 
  • Provide official transcripts of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with a GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. If you graduated with your bachelor’s degree from WLU you will not need to provide transcripts. 
  • 2 letters of recommendation. Letters should be from professional references who can attest to the your ability to succeed in graduate coursework and work ethic. Students can upload a letter of recommendation or have a recommender complete a recommendation form when filling out the application for admission. 
  • A statement of the student’s career goals indicating how earning the MS degree in Criminology will enhance the applicant’s career goals and expectations of the graduate program. This statement should be approximately two pages.
  • A resume.
  • International Applicants must also provide a score of at least 500 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required if an applicant is from a country where English is not the official language. The test must have been taken within the year prior to applying to the program.


Criminology Masters DegreeThe 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.

The criminal justice field continues to expand, and there will always be a need for highly trained workers. If you’re interested in a career path in law enforcement or even the study of the criminal mind and behaviors, you can either elect to study criminal justice broadly, or you can choose to enroll in a criminology degree program. Both educational paths are different in many ways, but specializing in criminology can be an incredibly rewarding pursuit.

After receiving an education in criminology, graduates will look attractive to prospective employers both inside and outside of the criminal justice industry with critical thinking, analytical and communications skills. Overall, the skills that are developed in studying criminology include a working knowledge of the science itself, but graduates should also have refined skills in producing and evaluating evidence, making reasoned arguments, and be able to make informed judgments with respect for ethics.

Criminology Employment Opportunities

Employment OpportunitiesEducation RequirementsPercent Job Growth*
Crime Scene ExaminerBachelor degree and experience or master degree required for professional growth and promotion        20%
DetectivesBachelor degree and experience or master degree required for professional growth and promotion        10%
Correctional OfficerPost-secondary education required. The correctional industry is one of the more accelerated fields for upward and professional growth.         9%
Probation OfficerBachelor degree and experience or master degree required for professional growth and promotion        19%
Private InvestigatorRequirements vary by state        22%
Paralegal & Court ReportersBachelor degree required by most employers, graduate education or terminal degree preferred        28%
LawyersBachelor degree/master degree and law school requirements        13%
Gaming and SurveillanceBachelor degree and experience or master degree required for professional growth and promotion        14%
Policing/Police OfficersBachelor degree and experience or master degree required for professional growth and promotion        10%
*Statistics compiled on projected growth by year-end 2018 (BJS)

Your Future in Criminology

Percent Change in Employment 2028

Detectives and InvestigatorsDetectives and Investigators8% All OccupationsAll Occupations5% Other Protective Service WorkersOther Protective Service Workers4% source:

Employment of private detectives and investigators is projected to grow 8 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Continued lawsuits, fraud and other crimes, and interpersonal mistrust create demand for investigative services in industries such as legal services.



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