Addressing the challenges facing 
the criminal justice system.

Addressing the challenges facing
the criminal justice system.

Criminology Overview

Criminology is the scientific study of the nature, extent, causes, and prevention of criminal behavior in the individual and society. Criminologists use social science research methods, both qualitative and quantitative, to understand the multifaceted field of crime study.

Mental illness, terrorism, gangs, racial disparity, and advances in technology challenge the contemporary criminal justice system like never before. To counter these challenges, criminologists apply psychology, social trends, and statistics to examine criminal behaviors in ways that help predict and prevent future criminal behavior.

Our program uniquely prepares criminologists for this work with curriculum and training embedded with social responsibility. Offered exclusively online, our coursework focuses on the intersection of criminology, psychology, social justice, economics, and natural science. Criminology explains the origin, extent, and nature of crime in society. Criminal justice refers to systemic response to crime. These discipline areas overlap and are examined in coursework.

The employment landscape for those trained in criminology is ever-widening: Career paths can include academia, research, corrections, law enforcement, investigations, policy assessment, prevention, advocacy, and youth programming. Examples of careers include U.S. Marshall, FBI agent, law enforcement agent, warden, corrections officer, victim advocate, reentry services, paralegal, program developer, program evaluator, researcher and more. Employment settings range from court systems, correctional institutions, and law enforcement agencies—to financial institutions, insurance companies, retailers, law firms, non-profit. Additional academy training or education may be required for law enforcement positions.

At Adler University, our students examine issues of criminal justice with specific deliberations on race, class, and gender— acknowledging the inequitable distribution of social justice. They examine and provide explanations for the norms and deviations of behaviors, understanding that each society has its own set of norms. Our curriculum focuses on sustainable solutions for the present and future, equipping students with the skills to promote social change.

Online Format

Offered exclusively online, coursework to complete this degree can be completed in less than 24 months. This enables students to advance their education while keeping up with other life and work commitments.

Integrating state-of-the-art technology, our rigorous online programs are engaging, interactive, and student-centered with a focus on accessibility. Our innovative coursework is developed and delivered by qualified subject matter experts who are trained in online instruction and supported by a dedicated team of instructional designers and multimedia experts.

Our online students receive training and mentorship from faculty and supporting staff to prepare for their online courses. They also benefit from an academic advisor who acts as their personal coach from the day they enroll.

Admission Requirements

At Adler University, we take great pride in our diverse student body. Students represent a wide range of professional interests, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and academic and work histories. We admit individuals with a record of outstanding academic achievement and a commitment to social responsibility.

To be considered for admission, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution.
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for graduate and undergraduate coursework. Exceptions may be granted for applicants who demonstrate improved academic performance or academic ability in other ways.
  • Relevant volunteer and professional experiences are also taken into consideration.

Approved applicants will be invited to an interview as the final step in the application process.