M.S. Degree in Criminology

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Why should I study criminology?

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?

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?

Regis University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (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?

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

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the Master of Science in Criminology program at Regis University. This degree requires the completion of 36 graduate-level credit hours. Classes are offered online, on campus, or a combination of both.

MSCR 604 Contemporary Issues in Criminology (3 credit hours)
MSCR 605 Criminal Psychopathology (3 credit hours)
MSCR 620 Leadership Principles in Criminology (3 credit hours)
MSCR 625 Ethical Conduct and Positions of Power (3 credit hours)
MSCR 640 Transnational Crime (3 credit hours)
MSCR 660 Cyber Criminology (3 credit hours)

Choose one of the following courses (3 credit hours):

MSCR 650 Contemporary Crime Policy: Current and Future Needs (3 credit hours)
MAPC 652 Strategic Planning, Implementation and Evaluation

Choose one of the following options:

MSCR 695 Internship in Criminology
MSCR 696 Capstone Project
MAPC 694 Master's Comprehensive Course and one additional MSCR 600-level course

Focus Area Requirements (Choose one area of focus)

Human Behavior Focus (Choose three courses)

MAPY 606 Seminar in Theories of Personality (3 credit hours)
MAPY 607
Seminar in Social Psychology (3 credit hours)
MAPY 608/MALC 620  Neuroscience of Human Relationships (3 credit hours)  
MAPY 616  Understanding Trauma & PTSD (3 credit hours)  
MAPY 628  Forgiveness & reconciliation (3 credit hours)  
MAPY 671 Seminar in Abnormal Psychology (3 credit hours)
MALC 641  Mediation Theory & Practice (3 credit hours)  
MALC 642  Principles of Negotiation (3 credit hours)  

Cybercrime Focus (9 credit hours)

MSCR 654 Crime Prediction and Prevention (3 credit hours)
MSCR 670 Computer Forensics, Law, Evidence and Cyberterrorism (3 credit hours)
MSIA 678 Risk Management (3 credit hours)


Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above and you should contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates.

To download a printable fact sheet with program details, click here.

How to Apply

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.

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
Denver, CO 80221-1099

Electronic transcripts may be sent to sendtranscripttoRU@regis.edu

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

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