M.S. Degree in Criminology

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Why should I study criminology?

一道本不卡免费高清Few problems are as important as reducing crime, yet we still face the ongoing struggle to find a solution to high crime rates. Crime has multiple and complex sources but one absolute exists: Something has to be done to decrease the number of violent crimes we are seeing across the nation. Studying criminology will give you the knowledge and expertise needed to deter criminal behavior.

Is the M.S. in Criminology right for me?

A Master of Science in Criminology is designed for those who are passionate about reducing criminal behavior and want to grow their careers and help change how crime is perceived within both the public and private sectors. M.S. in Criminology students aim to answer questions like:

  • Is criminal behavior learned or inherent?
  • How can cognitive and behavioral psychology help prevent future crime?
  • How can educational institutions prevent school violence?

What will I learn in Regis’ M.S. in Criminology program?

一道本不卡免费高清With an online Master’s Degree in Criminology you will develop a highly specialized skill set in understanding, predicting, and preventing crime in a completely customizable curriculum. Our Master’s program is unique in that it can tailor courses to fit your particular interests in criminology. Choose a subject you are passionate about and work with your professor to create personalized coursework on topics such as human trafficking, public safety or victim advocacy within the context of each course. In addition to your chosen subject of interest, the Master of Science in Criminology at Regis offers three distinct areas of focus to target a specific career track: leadership, human behavior, or cybercrime and terrorism.

Is Regis’ M.S. in Criminology accredited?

一道本不卡免费高清Regis University is accredited by the (HLC).

What class formats are available?

The M.S. in Criminology degree classes are offered online, on campus or a combination of both. The program requires 36 credit hours.

When do classes start?

一道本不卡免费高清Courses are offered in 5 or 8-week terms that begin in:

  • January
  • March
  • May
  • July
  • August
  • October

Career Opportunities

From criminal justice and law enforcement to corporate security and public policy, criminology careers are wide ranging and constantly growing. As one of the few schools nationwide providing a Master of Science in Criminology degree, Regis prepares graduates for careers in industries including:

  • Human/Social Services – counseling, forensic psychology, juvenile caseworkers, victim services
  • Public Policy – law school, politics, political science
  • Military – military intelligence, military police force (MPs), the Department of Defense (DOD)
  • Security – private security, intelligence gathering and analysis, strategic security, insurance fraud investigators
  • Law Enforcement and Federal Agencies – local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, CIA and FBI, homeland security, detectives, criminal investigators

Program Requirements

Required Courses (18 credit hours)
MSCR 604 Contemporary Issues in Criminology
MSCR 605 Criminal Psychopathy
MSCR 620 Leadership Principles in Criminology
MSCR 625 Ethical Conduct and Positions of Power
MSCR 640 Transnational Crime
MSCR 660 Cyber Criminology
MSCR 650
MSCR 652
Contemporary Crime Policy: Current and Future Need -or-
Strategic Planning, Implementation and Evaluation
Area of Focus (9 credit hours)
Cybercrime/Terrorism Focus 
MSCR 654 Crime Prediction and Prevention
MSCR 670 Computer Forensics
MSIA 678 Risk Management
Human Behavior Focus (select three of the following courses)
MAPY 606 Seminar in Theories of Personality
MAPY 607 Seminar in Social Psychology
MAPY 608/MALC 620  Neuroscience of Human Relationships
MAPY 616 Understanding Trauma and PTSD
MAPY 628 Forgiveness and Reconciliation
MAPY 671 Abnormal Psychology
MALC 641 Mediation Theory and Practice
MALC 642 Principles of Negotiation
Capstone Requirement (6 credit hours)
Select one of the following: 
MSCR 695 Internship in Criminology
MSCR 696 Capstone Project
MAPC 694 MA Comprehensives -and-
any 600-level MSCR course not listed in degree requirements

Please note: For official program requirements based on academic year, please refer to the academic catalog.

Download a printable fact sheet一道本不卡免费高清 with program details.

How to Apply

一道本不卡免费高清Take the next step in your Regis experience and connect with a Regis admissions counselor for information and assistance.

Students with prior college credit, military credit, professional licenses or certificates or several years of work experience may be able to translate this experience directly into college credit.

一道本不卡免费高清Your admissions counselor will help evaluate your prior learning credit, provide information regarding financial aid and tuition assistance, recommend courses and help you get started with the application process.


Applicants seeking a master's degree from the College of Contemporary Liberal Studies must possess a baccalaureate degree in any field of study from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university, or the equivalent of a U.S baccalaureate degree if outside the U.S.

Applicants must demonstrate an ability to achieve graduate-level writing through the essay requirement below before admission to the program.

  • Complete the online graduate application
  • Current resume
  • Required admissions essays
  • Submit official degree-bearing transcripts within 30 days of the date of application. Official transcript must reflect a baccalaureate degree awarded from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university. If official transcript is not received within 30 days you will be unable to register for future courses until the transcript is received. A complete file can be reviewed with a copy of the unofficial degree-bearing transcript from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university. Official transcript must be sent directly from your previously attended schools to the Regis University Admission Office.

Send transcripts to:

Regis University
Office of Admissions
Mail Code: P-28
3333 Regis Boulevard
一道本不卡免费高清Denver, CO 80221-1099

Electronic transcripts may be sent to sendtranscripttoRU@peikekhabari.com

Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens

一道本不卡免费高清Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed.

Applications are due two weeks prior to start date. Visit the academic calendar to view start dates.


Applications due two weeks prior to start date. Visit the academic calendar to view start dates.


Visit our Cost of Tuition page to see the tuition and fee schedule.

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