Whether you are a current criminal justice professional or just entering the field, advanced education from the California School of Forensic Studies can help you enhance your performance and advance your career. Our online Master of Science in Applied Criminology initiates you into the scientific study of the criminal justice system, Constitutional law, and criminal behavior, including the impact of culture, policy, and economics on crime. Active criminal justice professionals, including criminologists, forensic psychologists, and legal experts, will act as your guides and mentors.
During this two-year, 40-unit master’s program, you will develop professional research skills while also preparing for practical leadership in your field. The MS in Applied Criminology can prepare you to advance or begin your career in:
-Border security and customs
-Corrections, probation and parole
-Criminal investigation and criminal profiling
-Criminal justice education and training
-Criminology consulting for state or federal agencies
-Emergency services and homeland security
-Local, state, or federal law enforcement
-Victim social and psychological services
This fully-online degree program can change the course of your career without disrupting your current work or family schedule. Its flexible format makes it possible for you to join our learning community of industry-experienced faculty and classmates from around the world.
What You Can Learn in This Degree Program
The online Master of Science in Applied Criminology consists of 40 units of coursework. You will take 32 units of core courses, plus 8 units in a concentration area of your choice.
After graduation, you should emerge with an enhanced understanding of:
-The dynamics between offenders and victims
-The roles and procedures of the American criminal justice system
-The laws and procedures that directly influence work with offenders and victims
-The importance of evidence-informed policy and practice to advancing criminology
-The role culture plays in criminogenic issues
You will also gain practical skills in conflict resolution, investigation, and research. At the end of your program, you will produce a master’s thesis focused on a current issue in criminal justice.
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