Criminology Degree Programs

Rise to the Challenge. Prevent Criminal Behavior.

Learn how to understand, prevent and anticipate crime with an online or on campus criminology degree from Regis University. A degree in criminology will provide you with specialized insight into criminal behaviors, and help you gain a broader range of career opportunities than what criminal justice programs provide. The unique criminological knowledge you gain can open new doors in criminal justice, social services, public policy, military applications, private security, and more.

Online and On-campus Flexibility
Earn your criminology degree in a way that works for you. You’ll have the flexibility to attend classes in person, online, or a combination of both. Whatever option you choose, you’ll learn from the same distinguished faculty, while exploring issues with a culturally- and geographically-diverse student body.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Criminology
Analyze the social, political, and environmental factors that drive deviant behavior. Our bachelor's degree in criminology is designed for criminal justice, social science, and public policy professionals who want to strengthen their understanding of how to prevent and solve crime.

Master of Science in Criminology
Our master's degree in criminology is an advanced analysis of crime and criminal behavior, which prepares students for a wide range of career opportunities in the criminal justice system, and in the social services and related fields. You’ll have the opportunity to personalize your degree program in a variety of ways, including choosing from one of three focus areas (Leadership, Human Behavior, or Cybercrime/Terrorism), customizing assignments to fit your interests and career aspirations, attending a variety of high-value industry events hosted by Regis, and more.

Regis University Criminology Certificate Programs

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Learn new criminology skills and concepts in a quick, cost-effective way with our online or on campus criminology certificate programs. The knowledge that you gain will be immediately applicable to your current career and can open doors to advancement or entirely new job opportunities.

Certificate programs are offered in an online or on campus format. Students can also pursue a blended format where some courses are taken online and others are attended on campus. The curriculum for each certificate consists of classes from the bachelor’s and master’s criminology degree programs taught by the same distinguished Regis professors.

Undergraduate Certificate in Homeland Security
Study the theories and practices that support ongoing homeland security efforts while analyzing the opportunities and challenges presented in this growing field of international interest.

Undergraduate Certificate in Social Violence
Analyze the forces that create violent criminals, such as social, economic, and psychological influences. This certificate program is ideal for students who are already employed or who seek employment in the criminal justice system, security, or military directed organizations.

Graduate Certificate in Criminology
Learning how to understand, predict, and prevent crime is the emphasis of this master's-level study in criminology. Available online and on campus, the Graduate Certificate of Criminology is one of the fastest ways to gain fundamental criminology knowledge to advance your career. A certificate in Criminology, combined with a master’s degree in another discipline, qualifies an instructor to teach criminology and criminal justice in many colleges.

Evidence Item #001: What is Criminology >>

The definition of criminology is the study of crime as a social phenomenon. Criminology uses theoretical discussion to analyze the following:

  • What causes someone to commit a crime?
  • What are the responses to crime by law enforcement?
  • How can crimes be prevented?

Criminal studies is a type of sociology (which is the big-picture study of human behavior). In the study of criminology, other fields of study you will familiarize yourself with include psychology, economics, law, anthropology, forensics, biology, statistics, and psychiatry.

Criminology is often confused with criminal justice. Criminal justice is directly concerned with addressing criminal activity and crime with the goal to reduce the amount of crime in society and implement consequences for those who break the law.

Criminology Program Outcomes

After completing the study of criminology at Regis University, you will be well-equipped to join in the fight to reduce criminal behavior. You will be able to present comprehensive understanding of the discipline of criminology, including the global research, analytical tools and methods, and innovative thinking you’ll apply in your criminology practice. You’ll explore modern leadership theories and models that enable timely decision-making, crisis management and ethical conduct in the real world. You’ll gain both micro and macro perspective on criminal behavior, from the pathology of the criminal mind to the influential factors, patterns and theories of criminal behavior, as well as an understanding of the global war on crime, from terrorism and cyber attacks to organized crime to drug and human trafficking. You will be equipped to take a seat at the policy-making table, with comprehension of existing crime policy and the skills to successfully create, evaluate and change future policy.

Evidence Item #002: Careers in Criminology >>

A degree in criminology can lead to several rewarding careers in a variety of industries. Understanding criminal behavior from an analytical perspective allows graduates to work in a number of fields that rely on comprehensive knowledge of human behavior, leadership and cybercrime/terrorism. Some possible career outcomes include:

Human/Social Services

  • Counselor
  • Criminologist
  • Forensic Investigator
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Juvenile Caseworker
  • Victim Advocate
  • Victim Services Specialist
  • Doctoral program for counseling

Public Policy

  • Emergency Management
  • Policy Advisor
  • Law School as an entry into politics


  • Military Intelligence
  • Military Police
  • Military Corrections


  • Credit Investigations
  • Corporate Security
  • Homeland Security
  • Intelligence Gathering and Analysis
  • Insurance Fraud Investigations
  • Loss Prevention Specialization
  • Private Executive Security
  • Private Security
  • Strategic Security

Law Enforcement

  • Criminologist
  • Customs Officer
  • Gaming Investigator
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Police Officer/Detective
  • Law Enforcement (local, state or federal)
    • Positions can commonly be found in the following agencies:
      • Border Security
      • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
      • CIA
      • FBI
      • Forest Service Rangers
      • Homeland Security
      • INTERPOL
      • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
      • Secret Services
      • State Bureaus of Investigation
      • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
      • Sheriffs’ Offices
      • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for Homeland Security (ICE)
      • US Marshals

Learn more about earning a criminology degree at Regis University. Call us at 877.820.0581 to speak with an admissions counselor. Or, request more information or visit our resource center to gain more insight on the criminology and criminal justice industry.

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