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Online Master of Science in Criminology Careers

Choose Your Criminology Career Focus

Lead crime prevention initiatives in a wide range of fields with an online master's degree in criminology from Regis University. From criminal justice and law enforcement to corporate security and public policy, criminology careers are vast and constantly growing, yet only a handful of U.S. universities offer “criminology” degrees. According to the IPEDS Data Center, Regis University is one of only 7 schools in the entire country to offer an online Master of Science in Criminology.

As a student of our master’s program, you have the option to choose a focus area from three top career tracks in criminology: leadership, human behavior, and cybercrime / terrorism. Real-world examples of criminology jobs for master-degree holding criminologists include:

Human/Social Services
Human and Social Service career opportunities, such as counseling, forensic psychology, juvenile caseworkers, and victim service specialists, have been projected to grow at 21 percent between 2012 and 2022—faster than average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Additionally, the 2012 median pay was $59,970 per year.

Public Policy
A criminology degree will prepare you for entry into law school or politics; as a political scientist you can lead data collection and analysis initiatives and report your findings. The job outlook from 2012-22 is growing faster than average at 21 percent.

Military
A master’s in criminology can prepare you for an occupation in military intelligence, with the military police force (MPs), or in the many opportunities offered by the Department of Defense (DOD).

Security
From private security to intelligence gathering and analysis; strategic security to insurance fraud investigators, security is a popular area to experience with a criminology degree. The BLS reports job growth from 2012 – 2022 at 11 percent, which is about as fast as average.

Law Enforcement
With a master’s in criminology you are qualified for leadership advancement within law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal levels. This includes the CIA and FBI, homeland security, and local police departments, to name a few. The median salary for detectives and criminal investigators as of May 2012 was $74,300, according to the BLS.

Evidence Item #003: The Regis Criminology Difference >>

  • CSI Event – Now in its 9th year, the annual Regis University CSI conference brings in top discipline speakers to discuss current criminology topics. The event provides a career-enhancing opportunity for students to learn from industry experts and network with professionals in the field. Past conference topics have included an inside perspective of high profile incidents and the healing of survivors, public safety and emergency medical personnel, crime scene investigation and cybercrime and terrorism.
  • Foundation for the Prevention of School Violence Symposium – This annual event showcases educators, law enforcement, administrators and community members whose goal is to create safe and effectual school learning environments. Experienced practitioners who are exploring the best practices in the prevention of school violence lead engaging presentations and moderated discussions throughout the day. Learn more at the Foundation for the Prevention of School Violence.
  • Annual Speaker Series – Each year industry experts are invited to attend a regular Regis University criminology course. Students are provided the opportunity to network with these professionals in their chosen fields of interest throughout the term. Current topics of focus are chosen to provide attendees with insight and education on specific criminology subject matter.

Learn more about criminology careers available with our Master of Science in Criminology. Call 877-820-0581 to speak to an admissions counselor, or request more information online.

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