Many criminal justice programs focus on understanding criminals and why they behave the way they do. We need this knowledge, of course, to help prevent crime, but another approach is gaining momentum: crime science. Crime science hones in on criminal acts themselves—why, when and where they occur, and how to use evidence-based and scientific methods to stop them. Crime science draws from several disciplines to figure out why crimes happen in certain environments and control them through techniques like surveillance, physical security and policing.
Not many schools in the U.S. offer crime science programs. Tiffin University (TU) saw the need and developed a curriculum using a crime prevention model known to be ahead of the curve. Our online Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in crime science is perfect for criminal justice professionals who want to advance in the field; and for city planners, architects, corporate security personnel, school administrators and civil engineers who design environments to minimize crime. It takes full-time students an average of one year to complete the program; plan on about two years if you go to school part-time.
Students choose TU for many reasons, including flexible start dates, the ability to transfer credits and zero application fees. Criminal justice majors have even more motivation. Last month, U.S. News and World Report ranked TU as Ohio’s third-best online master’s degree program in criminal justice.