Master of Science in Applied Criminology

We’ve all witnessed crime and injustice and the consequences they bring to bear in our communities. You can be the somebody who does something about it. Be the person to make a difference. And let Alliant International University make it possible.

The California School of Forensic Studies’ Master of Science in Applied Criminology degree is designed for those seeking to become an agent of change within this wide-ranging field. It is designed to increase your knowledge base of, and improve your skill set in, criminology, criminal law, and forensic psychology.

Those who choose the MS Applied Criminology online program set out to combine theory, research, and the latest scientifically-backed practices to improve our criminal justice system and support victims. They set out to immerse themselves in curriculum that covers the psychology of the justice system, what leads to criminal behavior, and how to identify potential violence in order to prevent it.

Those who choose this online master’s program set out to make a lasting impact in their communities through careers in fields like law enforcement, federal investigations, teaching, consulting, security management, and other criminology based professions.

Your Field. Your Choice.

The field of Criminology doesn’t offer just one area of expertise, and neither does the Applied Criminology Master’s program. With three major concentrations to select, students are educated in ways most relevant to their current or future career plans.

No matter which concentration you choose, each offers a strong basis in law, theory, and research.

Criminal Behavior Concentration: Social conditions, economic standing, psychological disturbances: They can all play a role in fostering crime. Professions in law enforcement, consulting, correctional, and investigative work require an intimate understanding of the whys behind criminal behavior. Threat assessment, interrogation techniques, and targeted violence courses prepare you for protecting and serving.

Conflict Resolution & Crisis Management Concentration: Volatile situations. Intense moments. High-stakes crises. This career is not for the faint of heart but for those looking to help mitigate potential hostage, barricade, or other conflict situations. Courses in this program will arm you with the skills you need to do just that. Negotiation approaches and critical incident training courses prepare you to stay calm in an escalating situation.

Victimology Concentration: The impact that crime has on the individual and society alike is profound. And if you are, or plan to work, within a field that frequently requires you to interact with victims of crime, this concentration is vital. Learn compassionate interviewing techniques and understand the complex issues and trauma facing victims today.

Online and On Your Time

The Applied Criminology Master’s degree at Alliant International University is a fully online program which utilizes learning platforms that don’t interrupt the education process. This means you can experience a fully online program without missing the quality and depth of learning from a traditional setting.

Yet unlike traditional settings and even many online settings, you don’t have to attend class at a scheduled time. The 40-unit online Master’s in Applied Criminology program at Alliant is asynchronous, which is another word for, “on your own time.”

The Alliant Choice

We don’t take it lightly when a student chooses us for their education. Making Alliant International University your home means choosing more than just a school. It means choosing quality, from faculty to finish.

Learning at Alliant is not just about coursework, though that’s paramount. It’s not just about internships, though they’re vital. The greatness of an institution of higher education can be found in the harmonious balance of both scholarship and hands-on training. It’s also found in those you are learning with, learning from, and how you will transform your education into impact.

In our interconnected world, homogeny has been replaced with heterogeneity. At Alliant, it’s not about “fitting in,” because there is no one way to be. Our student body is uniquely diverse, they come from a world of backgrounds and they’ve all had a unique experience. Your exposure to this wealth of diverse experiences will help shape you into a more culturally- refined individual, while still sharing the one thing that all of our students have in common: A desire to better the world.

Helpful. Supportive. Open. These are just some of the ways our staff has been described by students. From application to graduation, we are here to help you succeed. And our faculty? They’re some of the best in their field, working professionals who are not only intimately familiar with changing trends but are often the ones making change happen.

We know that everyone has a unique story and situation. That is why we tailor our programs to fit the needs of first-time freshmen and transfer students alike. We firmly believe that education should be accessible to all. Alliant will meet you right where you are. Right when you need us.

Contact Us to Learn More

Your online criminology degree can lead you toward a number of different exciting careers within this field. Contact us to learn more about our Applied Criminology Masters Degree program.