What degree are you interested in?

Bachelor’s Degree

Bachelors degrees in criminology are unusual, and you should keep in mind that these programs probably will not qualify you for a job in the field. Most people who enroll in bachelors degree programs in criminology do so in order to advance their careers in fields like law enforcement, where you often do not need a bachelors degree to qualify for a job.

Master’s Degree

A masters degree is required for criminologists to work in the field. Keep in mind that some schools call their criminology programs by a different name, such as criminal justice, law and society or crime and justice. You should look into the classes that these programs offer to see if they will prepare you for a job in criminology.


A doctorate in criminology will prepare you for an academic career, where you will be teaching university students and conducting scholarly research. Some schools also offer a combined doctorate in criminology and criminal justice. If you plan to work professionally as a criminologist, you probably do not need to pursue a PhD.

Select the degree level you are interested in

What about getting an online doctorate in criminology?2018-12-12T16:22:58-07:00

Online criminology doctorate programs are not recommended. Even if you do find a rare program for a criminology PhD online, it is not a good idea to pursue it. Doctorate programs in criminology are designed to prepare students to become professors at colleges and universities, but you will not get teaching experience through an online criminology PhD program. Finally, an online criminology program will not provide you with an opportunity to apply your research in the field.

What are the requirements for admission to a doctorate program in criminology?2018-12-12T16:22:39-07:00

Some schools require you to have a masters degree in criminology or criminal justice to be accepted into their doctorate program. However, many criminology schools will accept students if they have masters degrees in related fields like sociology. In addition, some schools also accept outstanding students with just a bachelors degree.

What types of jobs can I hope to secure with a doctorate in criminology?2018-12-12T16:22:18-07:00

A doctorate in criminology qualifies you to teach criminology at a college or university. You will also be trained to conduct academic research.

What types of courses will I take while studying for my doctorate in criminology?