Program Overview

The California School of Forensic Studies’ (CSFS) Master of Science in Applied Criminology Degree Program combines advanced theories in criminology, criminal law, and forensic psychology to allow you to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent, mitigate, and investigate conflict and violence. Cutting edge research, combined with real-world case studies, support you to turn theory into effective, compassionate practice. This practical knowledge will enable you to positively impact the world regardless of whether applied in sectors ranging from law enforcement and security to human resources or victim services.

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Program Highlights

Fully Online Format

This program is offered in a fully-online format so that you can complete your studies and your degree at the times that work best for you.

Degree Concentrations

This program offers several concentrations so that you can tailor your education to your career. Concentrations include Conflict Resolution and Crisis Management, Criminal Behavior, and Victimology.

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CSFS faculty members include criminologists, forensic psychologists, law enforcement officers, security professionals, and legal professionals who are engaged in professional practice.

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Faculty Spotlight: Diana Concannon

Diana M. Concannon, PsyD, is Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships at Alliant International University, Dean of the California School of Forensic Psychology, and Director of the APA-Accredited California Psychology Internship Consortium . To each of these positions, she brings more than 25 years of executive leadership experience to support the development and delivery of quality, practical, and accessible education in various mental health disciplines.

She is a forensic psychologist, licensed to practice in California, New York, Utah, and Washington D.C., a Professional Certified Investigator by the American Society for Industrial Security, a Rape Escape Instructor, and a Loyola Law School-trained Mediator.

She is the author of Kidnapping: An Investigator’s Guide to Profiling and Neurocriminology: Forensic and Legal Applications, Public Policy Implications, which was just published this past September.

Frequently Asked Questions

Graduates of this program can enter or advance in positions in security, emergency management, law enforcement, corrections, risk management, compliance, human resources, or victim services. You may also use this degree as a stepping stone for a law degree or for a degree in clinical forensic psychology.

Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education. Alliant International University is pleased to be able to offer a significant number of institutional scholarships to many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities at:

Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more about financial aid options here.

Interested applicants must meet the following admissions requirements:

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher education or its international equivalent (BA or BS accepted).

Applicants must have achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their undergraduate coursework. Those with a GPA below a 3.0 may still apply; a GPA exemption form must be submitted.


Applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities previously attended.


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.

Application and Fee

Applicants must complete our admissions application and pay the $65 application fee.

Once a complete application packet is received, it will be reviewed by program faculty and staff. Eligible applicants will be selected for interviews and then a final admission decision will be made.

The Master’s in Applied Criminology degree program is offered as an 8-week term program and is open for enrollment during those enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our 2018-2019 8-week term academic calendar here.

The Master’s in Applied Criminology is a 40-credit program and takes a minimum of 1 year to complete, across 7 terms.

CSFS faculty members include criminologists, forensic psychologists, law enforcement officers, security professionals, and legal professionals who are engaged in professional practice.

The Applied Criminology master’s program is offered online.

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The Master of Science in Applied Criminology offered at CSFS is one of Alliant’s fantastic online-only programs and is offered wherever you are.

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At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. Our Vision is an inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.

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The California School of Forensic Studies is dedicated to graduating rigorously educated and trained professionals who impact society, public opinion, and policy by applying science in the service of preventing, investigating, and mitigating conflict and violence.

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