Crime Analysis, MS
Mapping, Security, analysis, crime, government
Do you have a passion for solving complex problems and serving your community? Criminal justice agencies worldwide are increasing their reliance on professionals who can help identify and analyze patterns and trends in crime and disorder.
The MS program in crime analysis is focused on crime analysis as a field, applicable to all levels of government --- federal, state and local --- and to positions in private sector organizations with functional and operational activities related to crime analysis.
Students study topics relating to the current principles of crime analysis, crime mapping and advanced statistical tools in crime analysis.
Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. Students typically receive approval to pursue the accelerated master’s during the junior year of their bachelor's degree program. Interested students can learn about eligibility requirements and how to apply.
30 credit hours including the required applied project course (CRJ 593)
Required Core (24 credit hours) Culminating Experience (6 credit hours)
CRJ 506 Seminar in Crime Analysis (3)
CRJ 507 Social Network Analysis (3)
CRJ 508 Advanced Seminar in Crime Analysis (3)
CRJ 509 Data Management (3)
CRJ 510 Criminal Justice Planning and Program Evaluation (3)
CRJ 511 Applied Data Analysis in Criminal Justice (3)
CRJ 512 Seminar in Policing (3)
CRJ 531 Crime Mapping (3)
CRJ 593 Applied Project (6)
Required Core (24 credit hours)
Culminating Experience (6 credit hours)
Applicants 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 and criminal justice or a related field from a regionally accredited institution.
Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or they must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.
All applicants must submit:
- graduate admission application and application fee
- official transcripts
- proof of English proficiency
Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of their current residency.
Students with an undergraduate GPA under 3.00 may be permitted to enroll in up to 12 credit hours on a probationary basis. Those who maintain a GPA of 3.00 or higher are considered for regular admission.
ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program’s ASU Online page for program descriptions and to request more information.
Program learning outcomes identify what a student will learn or be able to do upon completion of their program. This program has the following program outcomes:
- Demonstrate the essential qualifications for employment in crime analysis and related occupations by critically applying theories of crime and place in relation to the whole of criminological theory.
- Use the fundamental methods and technologies required to produce valid and reliable crime analysis information of utility to policymakers and practitioners.
- Communicate the results of crime analysis orally and in writing.
Graduates of this program should expect to find employment within government agencies, such as local law enforcement; the Department of Homeland Security, which comprises several agencies, including the Secret Service, Coast Guard, and Customs and Border Protection; adult and juvenile probation; the courts; corrections agencies; and prosecutor's offices. Personnel in this field work at the local, state or federal level to implement and maintain public and national safety. Some crime analysts also work for private organizations that deal with emergency response, law enforcement and information technology. There is also a growing demand for crime analysts in Latin America and the Caribbean in particular, with nations seeking platforms for educating and training future and current crime analysts.
Job titles for this career path include:
- crime data analyst
- criminal information analyst
- head of crime analysis
- intelligence analyst
- investigative analyst
- police crime analyst
- strategic data analyst