Criminology, M.S.

Investigate the inner workings of crime.

Why do crimes happen? How do we do a better job of preventing them?  

Investigate these types of questions and the theories around them as you earn your Master of Science in Criminology (M.S.). Become an in-demand expert as you develop a deep understanding of the dynamics of crime and victimization. Choose the thesis or non-thesis track to fit your goals. 

Hands-on learning is built into this dynamic M.S. degree. Put your learning into practice through research internships with faculty, partnerships with criminal justice agencies, and study abroad programs. Students can also join department organizations like the Criminology Club and Quantitative Working Group. 

Graduates are well-prepared for careers as criminologists; FBI, NSA, DEA or IRS agents; crime analysts; police and detective supervisors; forensic science technicians; and more. 

This degree could be a good fit if you:

  • Want to understand the causes and consequences of crime and victimization. 
  • Want to study how to prevent crime and improve the way justice institutions operate. 
  • Are interested in a career in criminal justice or want to pursue an advanced degree in criminology or criminal justice. 
  • Work in criminal justice and want to advance your career. 

With this degree, you may become a/an:

  • Criminologist
  • Researcher
  • Crime Analyst
  • Policy Analyst
  • Investigator
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Police Officer
  • Corrections Officer
  • Correctional Officer Supervisor
  • Police and Detective Supervisor
  • Victim Advocate
  • FBI, NSA, DEA or IRS Agent
  • Secret Service Agent
  • Probation and Community Control Officer

Available Online and On-Campus

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