In the Applied Criminology master’s degree program, students choose one of three distinct concentrations. Each concentration is taught by faculty with field expertise in that area. Students can choose their concentration based on their interests or what is most relevant to their career. Each of the concentrations supplement a strong educational base in law, research, theory, and applied criminology.

Criminal Behavior Concentration

The Criminal Behavior concentration is designed for students interested in understanding offenders from a motivational, psychological, and social perspective. It will  enhance the knowledge base for students interested in law enforcement, correctional, investigative, or consulting careers.

Courses in this concentration include Violence and Criminal Behavior; Advanced Criminal Behavior: Mass, Serial, and Pattern Criminals; and Interviewing, Interrogation, and Expert Witness Testimony.

Crisis Resolution and Conflict Management Concentration

The Crisis Resolution and Conflict Management concentration is designed for students interested in understanding and mitigating the impact of various crises. These include hostage or other barricade situations and conflicts that may give rise to volatile and potentially violent situations. Courses in this concentration focus on reducing the potential for violence, engaging in quick, strategic assessment and problem-solving, and responding to and managing threats to personal or public safety.

Specific courses in this concentration include Communication and Conflict Resolution; Conflict and Crisis Negotiation; and Critical Incidents, Conflict Resolution, and Crisis Management.

Victimology Concentration

The Victimology concentration is designed for students interested in understanding crime and its impact on victims. It will enhance the knowledge base for students interested in careers in law enforcement, advocacy, policy and prevention, or consulting.

Courses in this concentration include Psychological, Emotional, and Physical Impacts of Victimization; Contemporary Issues in Victimology; and Effective, Compassionate Interviewing.