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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Career Services Support
A master’s degree in Criminology from Regis University offers you life-long access to the career services at the university. Additionally, Regis University is part of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU)--a consortium of nearly 30 prestigious schools across the US that include Boston College, Georgetown, Loyola, and Xavier Universities. If you are not located in Colorado and are looking for support, Regis Career Services can forward a reciprocity request to an affiliated Jesuit University. Learn more by visiting Career Services.
Build a Strong Female Support Network
Our female-friendly program is ideal for women seeking to build a strong support network, and lasting professional relationships. Our dean, Dr. Elisa Robyn, plays an important role in the University’s faculty and student body. Some of Regis faculty include Gwendolyn Pascoe, an instructor in the Criminology program, and the director for the Southern Nevada Human Trafficking Task Force, which operates under the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and Dr. Roberta Mancuso, who holds a Doctorate in Social Psychology, and is involved in curriculum development for the Masters in Criminology. There are numerous opportunities to connect with female faculty and build a strong network in what is often thought of as a male dominated career field.
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Industry Event Access
As a student at Regis University’s Master of Science in Criminology program, you have access to a variety of industry-related events, including:
- 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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