Earning a Master's in Criminology at Regis

Regis University’s Master of Science in Criminology degree offers an in-depth exploration of criminal behavior and the inner mechanisms of the criminal mind.
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M.S. Degree in Criminology

Criminology Degree Overview

The M.S. in Criminology degree focuses on the nature of crime, the behavior of criminals and related research providing a strong practical application across the entire curriculum. Students will strengthen their knowledge of criminology; enhance their abilities in analysis techniques, crime prediction, crime prevention and policy development. Many Regis University Criminology faculty are active or recently retired practitioners who ensure that course material is contemporary, realistic and interesting, while fostering an open exchange of real-world knowledge with their students. Both on-campus and online masters in criminology courses are offered.

Read below for more information, or visit the Master's in Criminology Degree page at criminology.regis.edu.

The Master’s in Criminology degree is designed for adult students like you who are seeking positions in advanced leadership or ethical management. Our M.S. in Criminology program provides the knowledge and skills to succeed in organizations that influence, administer and help to resolve social issues in the community.

After receiving your degree in criminology from Regis University's College for Professional Studies, you'll be prepared with an advanced education based on the Jesuit tradition. You'll be empowered to understand, question and confront criminal behavior in order to make ethical and effective contributions to your public and professional organizations.

Total M.S. in Criminology Degree Requirements: 36 credit hours

The degree is designed to be completed in 24 months, taking one course each eight-week academic period.

Printable Fact Sheet: To download a printable fact sheet with details about required classes, admissions requirements, and start dates, please visit our fact sheet library. Please note: The best source for the most current information is an admissions counselor.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the Master's in Criminology degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact an admissions counselor at 877.820.0581 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 36.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

CPS: MS in Criminology

MSCR 604 - Contemporary Issues in Criminology

Examines the scope of criminology based on global research and practical applications. The scope includes public safety, terrorism and organized crime, urban crime, victimology, restorative justice, crime prevention and other existing and emerging issues.

MSCR 605 - Criminal Psychopathology

Examines the criminal mind. Explores criminal behavior patterns, factors that influence criminal behavior, and the pathology of criminal behavior. Considers changing environments, demographics, and events.

MSCR 620 - Leadership Principles in Criminology

Examines contemporary leadership theories and models and explores multiple examples and case studies within Criminology. Specific areas of discipline, system collaboration, teamwork, stakeholder perceptions, and leadership ethics will be discussed.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MSCR*604 MSCR*605;

MSCR 625 - Ethical Conduct and Positions of Power

Examines contemporary ethical standards and conduct in multiple contexts. Case studies, readings, and discussion examine conflicts of interest, authoritative power and abuse, political influence, trust relationships and violation of trust, and other dilemmas faced by individuals in positions of leadership.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MSCR*604 AND MSCR*605;

MSCR 640 - Transnational Crime

Surveys and evaluates dominant trends in crime, i.e. organized crime, economic crime, cyber crime, terrorism, traffic in human beings, and drug dealing, from an economic and social-cultural context of globalization. Topics such as population migratory trends, transnational cooperation, and supranational policies will be discussed.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MSCR*604 MSCR*605;

MSCR 650 - Contemp Crime Plcy: Current/Future Need

Analyzes existing policies and explores policy change and development incorporating emerging crime trends, cultural diversity, resources and other influential factors.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MSCR*604 MSCR*605;

MSCR 652 - Strategic Planning, Implement & Eval

Utilizes research methods to identify criteria for effective policy making and evaluation. Examines factors which impact successful policy development, implementation, and evaluation.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MSCR*604 MSCR*605;

MSCR 654 - Crime Prediction and Prevention

Analyzes crime prediction and prevention techniques. Addresses reducing the risk of crime in private and public sectors. Identifies safety for families, employees, and customers and the means by which business private and public property are protected.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MSCR*604 MSCR*605;

MSCR 660 - Cyber Criminology

Examines crimes committed using computer technology. Discusses strategies, tactics, and collaboration involved in combating cybercrime and cyber-criminals. Discusses future trends in digital crime and criminological theories.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MSCR*604 MSCR*605;

MSCR 680 - Rapid Decision Making

Studies decision models which enable timely decision-making in time of crisis and limited knowledge. Case studies are used to refine organization of knowledge, critical thinking and communication of decisions.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MSCR*604 MSCR*605;

MSCR 694 - Research Analysis and Application

A preparatory course in social science research methods employed by criminologists, emphasizing diagnostic and analytical tools, research design and evaluation methods for the purpose of developing a research proposal in anticipation for the capstone project. Prerequisite(s): Must successfully complete all MSCR courses, with the exception of MSCR 696.

MSCR 696 - Capstone Project

Directed research that provides experience of the student's major interests and academic work; focusing on an integration and application of appropriate theory and data that addresses a criminology topic of interest to the student. Prerequisite: Must successfully complete all MSCR courses.

Course Descriptions

Listed below are the available courses offered at Regis University within this respective degree program. The courses below include the degree program requirements as well as courses. Please contact an admissions counselor at 877.820.0581 for recent changes and updates.

MSCR 604 Contemporary Issues in Criminology (3.00)

Examines the scope of criminology based on global research and practical applications. The scope includes public safety, terrorism and organized crime, urban crime, victimology, restorative justice, crime prevention and other existing and emerging issues.

MSCR 605 Criminal Psychopathology (3.00)

Examines the criminal mind. Explores criminal behavior patterns, factors that influence criminal behavior, and the pathology of criminal behavior. Considers changing environments, demographics, and events.

MSCR 620 Leadership Principles in Criminology (3.00)

Examines contemporary leadership theories and models and explores multiple examples and case studies within Criminology. Specific areas of discipline, system collaboration, teamwork, stakeholder perceptions, and leadership ethics will be discussed.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MSCR*604 MSCR*605;

MSCR 625 Ethical Conduct and Positions of Power (3.00)

Examines contemporary ethical standards and conduct in multiple contexts. Case studies, readings, and discussion examine conflicts of interest, authoritative power and abuse, political influence, trust relationships and violation of trust, and other dilemmas faced by individuals in positions of leadership.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MSCR*604 AND MSCR*605;

MSCR 640 Transnational Crime (3.00)

Surveys and evaluates dominant trends in crime, i.e. organized crime, economic crime, cyber crime, terrorism, traffic in human beings, and drug dealing, from an economic and social-cultural context of globalization. Topics such as population migratory trends, transnational cooperation, and supranational policies will be discussed.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MSCR*604 MSCR*605;

MSCR 650 Contemp Crime Plcy: Current/Future Need (3.00)

Analyzes existing policies and explores policy change and development incorporating emerging crime trends, cultural diversity, resources and other influential factors.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MSCR*604 MSCR*605;

MSCR 652 Strategic Planning, Implement & Eval (3.00)

Utilizes research methods to identify criteria for effective policy making and evaluation. Examines factors which impact successful policy development, implementation, and evaluation.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MSCR*604 MSCR*605;

MSCR 654 Crime Prediction and Prevention (3.00)

Analyzes crime prediction and prevention techniques. Addresses reducing the risk of crime in private and public sectors. Identifies safety for families, employees, and customers and the means by which business private and public property are protected.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MSCR*604 MSCR*605;

MSCR 660 Cyber Criminology (3.00)

Examines crimes committed using computer technology. Discusses strategies, tactics, and collaboration involved in combating cybercrime and cyber-criminals. Discusses future trends in digital crime and criminological theories.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MSCR*604 MSCR*605;

MSCR 680 Rapid Decision Making (3.00)

Studies decision models which enable timely decision-making in time of crisis and limited knowledge. Case studies are used to refine organization of knowledge, critical thinking and communication of decisions.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MSCR*604 MSCR*605;

MSCR 694 Research Analysis and Application (3.00)

A preparatory course in social science research methods employed by criminologists, emphasizing diagnostic and analytical tools, research design and evaluation methods for the purpose of developing a research proposal in anticipation for the capstone project. Prerequisite(s): Must successfully complete all MSCR courses, with the exception of MSCR 696.

MSCR 696 Capstone Project (3.00)

Directed research that provides experience of the student's major interests and academic work; focusing on an integration and application of appropriate theory and data that addresses a criminology topic of interest to the student. Prerequisite: Must successfully complete all MSCR courses.

How to Apply

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MATERIALS NEEDED FOR APPLICATION AND ADMISSION

Applicants seeking a Master's in Criminology degree from the College for Professional Studies must possess a baccalaureate degree in any field of study from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.

Applicants must demonstrate an ability to achieve graduate-level writing and critical analysis before admission to the Master of Science in Criminology degree program.

  • Application: Completed graduate application form
  • Application fee: $75.00 non-refundable application fee (waived for Regis University graduates)
  • Submit official degree-bearing transcript 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 by faculty 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 school to the CPS Admission Office.
  • Two letters of recommendation from colleagues or supervisors who know your work in a professional setting and are able to give specific information about your abilities and potential
  • Current resume
  • Required admission essays
  • Faculty interview
  • Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens
  • Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed.

Applications due two weeks prior to start date.

Application Deadlines*

Term Class Start Application Deadline
Spring 8W2 2014 March 3, 2014 February 17, 2014
Summer 8W1 2014 May 5, 2014 April 21, 2014
Summer 8W2 2014 June 30, 2014 June 16, 2014

*Your application file including all requirements, documents and fees, must be completed by the application deadline.

Tuition

Regis University Degree Tuition: M.S. in Criminology

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Classroom $19,335 36 $535 $75
Online $19,875 36 $550 $75

Directed study costs $550 per credit hour

Please note: Additional fees may apply to Regis University students. Please contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for information.

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