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Criminology Programs


Criminology vs. Criminal Justice

How does a Criminology degree differ from one in Criminal Justice? Criminology focuses on criminal behavior, its causes, and its patterns as a method of capturing criminals and preventing crime. Criminal Justice emphasizes procedures related to the apprehension and treatment of criminals.

A degree in criminology may be beneficial to law enforcement officers and other criminal justice professionals planning to move into management or leadership roles. With its wide-ranging subject area—the curriculum includes psychology, forensic science, and terrorism— graduates may find it applicable to many other fields as well, such as private security, intelligence gathering and analysis, and insurance investigation.

Bachelor of Science in Criminology

The B.S. in Criminology at Regis is designed for adults with some undergraduate credit and related work experience, the online BS in Criminology covers a range of subjects, from general behaviors and causes of crime to specific issues such as juvenile crime, violence in the workplace, and terrorism. You’ll build skills that are useful not only in law enforcement and criminal justice, but in social services, private and industrial security, loss prevention, counseling, and many other fields.

Master of Science in Criminology

The curriculum of the online MS in criminology, which mirrors classes taught at the FBI National Academy, explores the societal, political, and cultural factors that can cause or contribute to crime, as well as topics related to leadership and ethics, crime policy and prevention, and decision-making. Students are encouraged to use a criminological subject of special interest as an area of research and study.

Criminology Careers

A degree in criminology can open up new doors in the criminal justice field and has applications in many other careers, such as social services, public policy, and private security. Earning your criminology degree online from Regis University gives you the flexibility to study with minimal disruption to your professional routine. At Regis University, we offer degrees in Criminology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

About Regis University

One of a few select colleges offering degree programs in Criminology, Regis is a regionally accredited, 130-year-old Jesuit university headquartered in Denver, Colorado. A leader in adult online higher education, it has been recognized by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning for innovation and service to adult learners and has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a Top University in the West for 16 consecutive years.