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Alliant International University

California School of Forensic Studies, Applied Criminology (MS) - San Francisco


One Beach Street

San Francisco,



United States





Program Information

Degree Offered

Master of Science in Applied Criminology

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

Open the door to new service opportunities in the fields of criminology and criminal justice with the master of science program in Applied Criminology from Alliant International University.

This two-year, 40-unit master’s degree program, administered by the California School of Forensic Studies (CSFS), prepares you to pursue career opportunities in:
-Law enforcement: local, state, and federal
-Private or criminal investigation
-Victim and social psychological services
-Probation and parole
-Criminology consulting for state or federal agencies
-Border Security
-Fire and medical services

Designed to extend the skills of current criminal justice professionals–or those looking to enter the field–this program features a convenient course format that accommodates full-time employment. Attend class on-campus two weekends each month and complete supplemental coursework online between meetings.
Program Goals and Course Topics

The master of science in Applied Criminology is designed to enhance students’ skill set and employability through an enhanced understanding of:

-Offender-victim dynamics
-The roles and procedures of the American criminal justice system
-The laws and processes that directly influence work with offenders and victims
-The importance of evidence-informed policy and practice in advancing criminology
-The role culture plays in criminogenic issues


Alliant is a private, nonprofit university accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). We are an equal opportunity employer and educator.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants to the master’s in Applied Criminology program must meet the following requirements:

-Degrees: Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution of higher education or its international equivalent. Applicants must have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
-Transcripts: The applicant must submit official transcripts from all institutions previously attended.
-Recommendations: Applicants must provide two letters of professional recommendation speaking to their experience, skills, and proven accomplishments.

Personal Statement and Resume: Applicants must provide a current resume plus an essay explaining:
-Why the applicant is interested in criminology
-What competencies the applicant hopes to acquire from participation in this program
-What contributions the applicant can make to CSFS learning environment

Tuition & Financial Aid

Financial Aid Offered: Yes

Classification: Other Specialized Institutions

Institution Sector: Private not-for-profit

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 1,000 - 4,999