Criminology Degree

A criminology degree can be earned at both the bachelor’s or master’s level. This degree will prepare individuals for entry-level positions in crime labs as forensic specialists, as private investigators, law enforcement officers and various other criminal justice related careers.

Criminology Degree Training and Courses

While studying, the individual will learn the aspects of the criminal justice system, the roles played by individuals in the system, crime scene investigation and processing, crime history, government and law enforcement. There are many specialty areas in which the individual may consider such as ballistic analysis, fingerprint analysis or processing trace evidence such as hair and fibers. The student learns scientific methods of solving crimes and analyzing suspect behaviors. Also, the criminologist learns about victimology and how victims are key in solving crimes.

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Did you know? A criminologist shares many of the same skills that are required for statisticians with the added role of analyzing behavior and predicting crime patterns and even visiting crime scenes or interviewing suspects.

Career Outlook for Criminology Degree Program Graduates

The bachelor’s degree can be completed in four years with an additional two required to reach the master’s degree level. Job growth for police jobs has slowed due to the economic downturn and budget reductions so a college degree can help individuals compete for openings. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 7% job growth for police and detectives from 2010-2020.1 Individuals should also possess good computer skills and the ability to work well with the public. For individuals who wish to work in forensic labs, they will also need a background in biology or other applied sciences.

Online Criminology Degree Program Info, Courses, and Criminal Justice Schools

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California University of Pennsylvania
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • MA in Social Science (Applied Criminology)
  • Master of Science in Legal Studies: Criminal Justice

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Walden University International
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • M.S. in Forensic Psychology - Program Planning and Evaluation in Forensic Settings
  • M.S. in Forensic Psychology - Forensic Psychology in the Community
  • M.S. in Forensic Psychology - Mental Health Applications

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Walden University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
  • M.S. in Forensic Psychology - Mental Health Applications
  • M.S. in Forensic Psychology - Psychology and Legal Systems

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University of Phoenix
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration/Human Services for Criminal Justice
  • B.S in Criminal Justice Administration/Cybercrimes
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Human Services

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Keiser University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice, BA
  • Criminal Justice, AA

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Grand Canyon University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • B.S. in Justice Studies

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Liberty University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • BS in Criminal Justice
  • AA in Criminal Justice
  • Masters in Criminal Justice: Command College



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A leading Canadian Criminology School is Simon Fraser University.

References:
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Protective-Service/Police-and-detectives.htm

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