Female criminology students in South Arfica

Applied Criminology: Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the program?

If attending full-time, the master's program in Applied Criminology is designed to take two years to complete. 

Where is the program be offered?

The program is currently offered on Alliant's Fresno and San Francisco campuses. CSFS plans to extend this program to the Los AngelesSan Diego, and Sacramento campuses. This is currently pending approval of our accreditors. Contact an admissions counselor to get more information about these pending campus locations.

What is the program format?

This program is offered in an executive format which is a hybrid of on-campus and online course sessions. Class sessions are held on-campus 1-2 weekends per month and supplementary sessions are conducted online.

When do the next classes start?

We are accepting applications now for cohorts starting in January 2015 and September 2015. 

What is the cost?

Tuition cost is $885 per unit, which makes the total tuition cost for this 40-unit program $35,400. With the exception of grants, all other financial aid options are typically available. Additional costs of attendance will apply including university fees, books, and supplies.

What are the admission requirements?

Interested applicants must meet the following admissions requirements:

  1. Degree
    Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher education or its international equivalent (BA or BS accepted).
    • Applicants must have achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their undergraduate coursework. Those with a GPA below a 3.0 may still apply; a GPA exemption form must be submitted.
  2. Transcripts
    Applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities previously attended.
  3. Recommendations
    Applicants must provide two letters of professional recommendation speaking to their experience, skills, and proven accomplishments.
  4. Personal Statement and Resume
    Applicants must provide a current resume plus an essay.
  5. Application and Fee
    Applicants must complete our admissions application and pay the $65 application fee.

Once a complete application packet is received, it will be reviewed by program faculty and staff. Eligible applicants will be selected for interviews and then a final admission decision will be made.

Who teaches the classes?

Regardless of the campus you attend, all courses are taught by professors with career experience in law and law enforcement. CSFS faculty members include criminologists, forensic psychologists, and legal professionals who are engaged in professional practice.


Have additional questions? Contact CSFS today. Our admissions counselors are here to help.