Understand Crime with the Regis M.S. in Criminology

Few issues are as important as reducing crime and violence. Criminal motivations and mindsets are complex, and we must take steps to decrease the number of violent crimes across the nation. A criminology degree from Regis will give you the knowledge to deter criminal behavior and the experience to make a real impact.

Our faculty bring decades of experience to the classroom, including years of service as police chiefs, detectives, security consultants and crime scene investigators. They are more than happy to share their wisdom and knowledge with the next generation of criminology professionals.

As a Regis graduate criminology student, you’ll have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through a 16-week internship in your field of interest. Work directly with police departments, victim assistance agencies, coroner’s offices or even the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, as you discover the day-to-day work of a criminology professional.

We offer flexible online options held in 8-week terms designed to fit around your busy schedule. Classes are capped at a small size to encourage a low student-to-faculty ratio, meaning you’ll receive individualized attention and mentorship from our world-class faculty.

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Program Snapshot

Program Format
8-week terms

Time Commitment
12-24 months

Key Dates
Starts are offered in January, March, May, July, August and October

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Join Regis Alumni Working In:

Human and Social Services

Provide counseling, forensic psychology, juvenile casework or victim services.

Public Policy

Apply your degree to shape public policy through politics or continuing to law school.

Military Services

Work as a military intelligence officer, on the military police force or as an employee at the Department of Defense (DOD).


Work in private security, intelligence gathering and analysis, strategic security or fraud investigation.

Law Enforcement

Protect state and local communities as a law enforcement officer, detective or criminal investigator.

Federal Agencies

Serve federal agencies such as the CIA, FBI or Department of Homeland Security.

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"I was drawn to Regis for a few reasons, but primarily its mission and focus on social justice"

Name: Amin Asfari, Ph.D.
Title: Associate Professor and Program Chair, Criminology
Hometown: Raleigh, NC

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By the Numbers

National median salary for criminologists*
Projected annual job growth for forensic technicians through 2032**
Areas of focus available: Human behavior or cybercrime/terrorism

*LiveAbout, “What Does a Criminologist Do?”, 2019
**U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, forensic technicians, 2022

Imagine Yourself In ...

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MSCR 605: Criminal Psychopathology

Explore criminal behavior patterns, factors that influence criminal behavior and the pathology of the criminal mind.

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MSCR 640: Transnational Crime

Survey and evaluate trends in organized crime, economic crime, cybercrime, terrorism, human trafficking and drug dealing from an economic and socio-cultural context of globalization.

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MSCR 660: Cyber Criminology

Examine crimes using technology and the strategies, tactics and collaboration involved in combating cybercrime and cyber criminals.

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Don't just learn - do.

Students have the option of gaining hands-on experience through a 16-week internship in their field of interest. Work directly with police departments, victim assistance agencies, coroner’s offices or even the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

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 two distinct areas of focus to target a specific career track: human behavior or cybercrime and terrorism.

To apply to the M.S. in Criminology program, you will need:

  • Completed online application
  • Official degree-bearing transcript(s) from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Resume
  • Admissions essay

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Tuition for the 2024-2025 academic year: $599 per credit hour
Regis offers a 20% tuition discount to students working as law enforcement officers or in related support roles.
Total program credits: 36
Tuition is one part of the overall cost of attendance, which includes all expenses students may have, including basic living costs. For more information about tuition, fees and your estimated cost of attendance, visit our Cost of Attendance for Adult Undergraduates and Graduate Students page. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Earning your Master of Science in Criminology from Regis sets you apart and expands your professional network–think of it as an investment in your future. Between scholarship opportunities and financial aid packages, advancing your education is within reach. Explore our Investing in Your Future graduate financing guide or visit our Office of Financial Aid on the web.

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