Adler University

Master of Arts in Criminology


17 N. Dearborn Street

Chicago, IL 60602

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Criminology

Format: Online

Program Description:

Mental illness, terrorism, gangs, racial disparity, and advances in technology challenge the contemporary criminal justice system like never before. To counter these challenges, criminologists apply psychology, social trends, and statistics to examine criminal behaviors in ways that help predict and prevent future criminal behavior. The Adler School uniquely prepares criminologists for this work with curriculum and training embedded with social responsibility. Offered exclusively online, our coursework focuses on the intersection of criminology, psychology, and social justice. Criminology is the scientific study of the nature, extent, causes, and prevention of criminal behavior in the individual and society. Criminologists use social science research methods, both qualitative and quantitative, to understand the multifaceted field of crime study. The employment landscape for those trained in criminology is ever-widening: Career paths can include academia, research, corrections, law enforcement, investigations, policy assessment, prevention, and youth programming. Employment settings range from court systems, correctional institutions, and law enforcement agencies—to financial institutions, insurance companies, retailers, law firms, non-profit agencies, and government. At the Adler School, our students examine issues of criminal justice with specific deliberations on race, class, and gender— acknowledging the inequitable distribution of social justice. They examine and provide explanations for the norms and deviations of behaviors, understanding that each society has its own set of norms. Our curriculum focuses on sustainable solutions for the present and future, equipping students with the skills to promote social change.

Take a virtual tour of our innovative Chicago Campus. Contact our Admissions Counselors today to discuss programs of interest, attend an Open House, and learn about scholarship, employment and financial aid opportunities.
Numerous scholarships are available to new students based on a range of criteria—including financial need, academic excellence, mission relevance, and community involvement and service. Our financial aid counselors provide ongoing personal consultations and webinars about the financial aid process and funding your education.
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Adler University
For a more just society
Established in 1952. Not-for-profit.


The Adler School is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $1040 USD

Classification: Specialized Institution—Other

Locale: Large City