Online Master of Science In Crime Analysis

Help law enforcement solve crimes and learn to lead a crime analysis unit in the online crime analysis graduate program. You’ll gain a strong understanding of the fundamental issues, strengths and limitations associated with crime analysis.

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Next start date: 08/19/2021


Total classes: 10

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 30

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Gain valuable crime analysis skills for any level of law enforcement

Crime analysis is the systematic study of crime and disorder using sociodemographic, spatial and temporal factors. Crime analysts assist the police in criminal apprehension, crime and disorder reduction, crime prevention and evaluation.

This online crime analysis degree has a heightened focus on the theories, methods and skill sets needed to be an effective crime analyst at all levels of government (local, state and federal) and in private sector organizations. Graduates with a master’s in crime analysis can use their skills in law enforcement and security agencies from the Department of Homeland Security, corrections agencies, prosecutor’s offices and more.

What skills will I earn in this criminal analysis graduate program?

 

As a learner in the crime analysis graduate program, you’ll gain a strong understanding of the fundamental issues, strengths, and limitations associated with crime analysis. You’ll become familiar with the terminology, principles and techniques crime analysts use every day. And you’ll learn how to determine who is more likely to commit various types of crimes as well as when and where.

Our curriculum also covers qualitative and quantitative analysis strategies, when and how to use different statistical procedures and how to interpret tests, graphics and data using the same software and data tools applied in the field today. These tools include geographic information system (GIS) software for crime mapping, social network analysis (SNA) software to determine links within criminal networks, statistical packages such as SPSS or STATA and others.

What agencies look for graduates with a master's in crime analysis?

 

Graduates with a crime analysis degree can expect to find employment in government agencies such as local law enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security (including the Secret Service, Coast Guard, and Customs and Border Protection), adult and juvenile probation, courts, corrections agencies and prosecutor’s offices. Some crime analysts also work at the local, state or federal level to implement and maintain public and national safety or for private organizations that handle emergency response, law enforcement and information technology.

Crime analysis classes

As a crime analysis student, you’ll take courses that examine the theory and practice of crime analysis within the field of criminal justice. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply advanced crime analysis methodologies to a specific, real-world issue prepared for a police organization as part of your final, applied project.

Required course

Applied Data Analysis in Criminal Justice


Required course

Crime Mapping


Required course

Data Management


Required course

Seminar in Crime Analysis


Required course

Advanced Seminar Crime Analysis


Required course

Seminar in Policing


Required course

Social Network Analysis


Required course

Criminal Justice Planning and Program Evaluation


What can I do with a master’s in crime analysis?

Crime analysts and criminal intelligence analysts spend most of their time conducting research, analyzing data and deciphering patterns to help law enforcement solve crimes. Crime analysts may review police reports to gather data, identify trends and find clues to help detectives pinpoint suspects as they investigate individual crimes. As a student in the crime analysis graduate program, you’ll study topics covering current principles of crime analysis, crime mapping and advanced statistical tools in crime analysis.

Crime analyst.

Crime data analyst.

Criminal information analyst.

Head of crime analysis.

Intelligence analyst.

Investigative analyst.

Police crime analyst.

Strategic data analyst.

Learn from professionals in criminal justice

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity. Recent faculty highlights include:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Learn from professionals in criminal justice

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity. Recent faculty highlights include:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Admission requirements for crime analysis graduate program

Applicants to the Master of Science in crime analysis must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions. Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in criminology or criminal justice or another closely related field from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants who have an academic background in an unrelated area may be considered for provisional admission.

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The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is a comprehensive public service college dedicated to addressing social problems through teaching, research and service. Our public service programs, from public policy, to social work, to criminal justice, to emergency management, are designed to help prepare our diverse student body to make a difference in the community.

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