Master of Science
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.
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.
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.
|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%|
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.