Applied Criminology

California University of Pennsylvania

M.A. Online
24 months
774 USD/credit
774 USD/credit
516 USD/credit
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If you want in-depth study in criminology and criminal justice, the Applied Criminology program at California University of Pennsylvania will provide you with a one-of-a-kind graduate program led by world-class faculty experts.  


The Applied Criminology program at California University of Pennsylvania empowers students to apply their knowledge to create policies and practices that prevent and/or predict the occurrences of serious offenses, and for those major crimes that have been committed, to identify the offenders and develop relevant admissible evidence before any number of courts or tribunals.

Faculty members in the applied criminology graduate program combine their multi- and inter-disciplinary expertise to develop subject matter from criminological, criminal investigative, forensic, socio-psychological, legal and research-driven perspectives.

Program Highlights: Applied Criminology

Solid Foundation:  Students who select the applied criminology concentration in the criminal justice master’s degree program must complete 30 credits. It takes just over one year of full-time study, entirely online, to finish the program. Required courses include Advanced Behavioral Analysis of Violent Crime, Equivocal Death Analysis, Criminal Investigative Analysis, and Geographic Crime Analysis, among others.

Capstone Experience: In the program's capstone experience, students choose one of these options (when available):

  • Complete an internship.
  • Write a thesis (suggested for those who intend to pursue a doctoral degree).
  • Study abroad at locations such as Scotland Yard, Parliament or the Royal Court of Justice.
  • Complete courses offered through the Pennsylvania Center for Investigative and Forensic Sciences and receive a certificate for each course.
  • Receive credit for approved prior learning (available to those who attended the FBI National Academy or the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, graduated from other approved training, or hold certain professional certifications).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Criminological Theories
  • Advanced Behavioral Crime Analysis Theory
  • Research Methods In Criminology
  • Criminal Investigative Analysis
  • Equivocal Death Analysis
  • Ethical And Legal Aspects Of Criminology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • International Global Online Applicants:   a satisfactory viva voce interview with a member of the graduate faculty of the Department of Criminal Justice may be considered in lieu of the minimum score.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    774 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 774 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    774 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 774 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    516 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 516 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

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Applied Criminology
California University of Pennsylvania