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Master of Science

Understand and prevent criminal behavior. 

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 Master of Science in Criminology will give you the knowledge to deter criminal behavior and the experience to make a real impact.

From criminal justice and law enforcement to corporate security and public policy, criminology careers are wide ranging and career options in the field are constantly expanding.

The Regis M.S. in Criminology prepares graduates for careers in industries including:

  • Human and Social Services
  • Public Policy
  • Military
  • Security
  • Law Enforcement and Federal Agencies

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Program Snapshot

Program Format
Online + on campus courses
8-week terms

Credits for Completion
36 credit hours

Cost of Tuition
$555 per credit hour

Sample Criminology Classes

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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, cybecrime, 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.

Program Details

Get all the details on our M.S. Criminology program, including course requirements and application materials. 

Criminology Career Paths

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 enforcment officer, detective or criminal investigator.

Federal Agencies

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

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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.

How to Apply

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

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

The first step in the application process is to contact an admissions counselor, who can evaluate your prior learning credit, provide information regarding financial aid and tuition assistance and help you through the entire application process. 

Tuition and Fees

Program tuition: $555 per credit hour
Total program credits: 36

Curious about financial aid options? Regis offers a variety of scholarships, grants and other programs to help you pay for school. Visit Financial Aid to learn more.

Rolling Admissions

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. It is recommended you apply to this program at least 4 weeks prior to your desired start date.

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

A Culture of Excellence

The Master of Science in Criminology is offered by the School for Professional Advancement within Regis College.