Crime Analysis Programs

We prepare students to become crime analysts at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Crime analysts are becoming the most sought-after persons at all levels of law enforcement, and are beginning to take prominent positions in criminal justice agencies.

Crime analysts gather crime and disorder data, identify and analyze patterns, trends and problems, develop recommendations based on their findings, and create and disseminate information that helps criminal justice agencies address crime and allocate resources. In their work, crime analysts use skills involving GIS, spatial statistics and analysis, and mapping techniques.

There is a demand for crime analysts and criminal intelligence analysts at local, state, and federal levels. Agencies across the state and the nation are seeking persons with specialized preparation. Federal agencies are creating numerous positions and other criminal justice agencies such as probation and parole officers, district attorney’s offices, and witness protection programs are developing and implementing these technologies.

Master of Science in Criminal Justice: Crime Analytics Concentration

Crime analysts possess a specific set of skills and knowledge that go beyond what is gained through the general Masters in Criminal Justice. Students learn specific analytic and methodological techniques used by crime analysts and gain the qualifications necessary to be successful in any crime analysis position.

As a student, you will learn to:

  • apply appropriate research methods and criminological theories to crime problems.
  • understand crime patterns, crime mapping, and common crime analytic techniques.
  • possess the knowledge base necessary to collect, manage, and analyze crime data.
  • evaluate crime data to determine patterns and create appropriate responses.

We have designed the curriculum in partnership with the Milwaukee Police Department Fusion and Intelligence Center and are constantly maintaining and expanding our connections with other agencies across the region and the nation to provide a network of career opportunities for our students. Instructors have skills in GIS, spatial analysis/spatial statistics, data analysis, risk terrain modeling, and crime forecasting and predictive modeling.

The concentration in crime analytics is only open to Criminal Justice Masters students; students enrolled in other graduate degree programs are not eligible.

Two tracks are available: Basic and Advanced. Students in good academic standing are eligible for both tracks. Along with the other requirements for the Masters in Criminal Justice degree, the curriculum for either track can be completed in two years or less, and will prepare students to enter into crime analysis positions in law enforcement and in other criminal justice organizations.

Basic Track Curriculum (15 credits)

Students who complete the basic crime analytics track will be prepared to enter into crime analysis positions in law enforcement and in other criminal justice organizations. Students in this track must also complete the requirements for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice, with the exception of CRM JST 920, for a total of 33 completed credits. Students who completed CRM JST 520 at the undergraduate level can have another course substituted for CRM JST 520 with the permission of the department chair. Students must receive a B or better in all the listed required courses in order to have the concentration posted on their transcripts.

COURSE # COURSE NAME CREDITS
CRM JST 520 Analysis Oriented Technology: Spatial Data Analysis; Crime Mapping (ArcGIS) 3
CRM JST 713 Measuring Crime and Analyzing Crime Data 3
CRM JST 716 Advance Analytic Techniques for Crime Analysts 3
CRM JST 795
OR
CRM JST 850
Issues in Law Enforcement Practice and Policy OR Issues in Corrections Police and Practice 3
CRM JST 910 Methods and Practice Capstone for Crime Analysts 3
Advanced Track Curriculum (24 credits)

The advanced track is intensive in research methods and advanced statistical analysis. Students who complete the advanced crime analytics track will be prepared for jobs as advanced analyst, to work with big data, and to conduct advanced predictive modeling. Students in this track must also complete the requirements for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice, with the exception of CRM JST 920, for a total of 36 completed credits. Students who completed CRM JST 520 at the undergraduate level can have another course substituted for CRM JST 520 with the permission of the department chair. Students must receive a B or better in all the listed required courses in order to have the concentration posted on their transcripts.

COURSE # COURSE NAME CREDITS
CRM JST 520 Analysis Oriented Technology: Spatial Data Analysis; Crime Mapping (ArcGIS) 3
CRM JST 713 Measuring Crime and Analyzing Crime Data 3
CRM JST 716 Advance Analytic Techniques for Crime Analysts 3
SOC WRK 962 Statistics II – Applied Multiple Regression Analysis 3
SOC WRK 963 Statistics III – Measurement Methods & Related Multivariate Statistics 3
CRM JST 795
OR
CRM JST 850
Issues in Law Enforcement Practice and Policy OR Issues in Corrections Police and Practice 3
CRM JST 783 Data Mining and Predictive Modeling 3
CRM JST 910 Methods and Practice Capstone for Crime Analysts 3
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice: Crime Analysis Specialization

Current UWM students who are Criminal Justice majors can specialize their degree with our crime analysis track. This specialization requires 18 credits in the following courses, or equivalents approved by the department chairperson. A minimum of 15 credits must be taken as a UWM student.

COURSE # COURSE NAME CREDITS
INFOST 110
OR
INFOST 120
Introduction to Information Science and Technology OR Information Technology Ethics 3
CRM JST 480 Criminal Evidence and Investigation 3
CRM JST 510 Introduction to Crime Analysis 3
CRM JST 520 Analysis Oriented Technology: Spatial Data Analysis; Crime Mapping; ArcGIS 3
CRM JST 530 Data Driven Policing 3
CRM JST 311 Field Experience Practicum 3
Certificate in Crime Analysis

The certificate in crime analysis program is open to college graduates who earned their degrees in any field. Students entering the certificate program will be placed in one of two tracks, A or B, at the discretion of the Criminal Justice department chair.

Track A: Students with significant work experience in the field of criminal justice may have the Field Experience Practicum waived. Students will need to meet with the department chair to discuss this possibility and will be required to provide documentation of work experience.

Track B: Students without criminal justice work experience must successfully complete the Field Experience Practicum.

COURSE # COURSE NAME CREDITS
CRM JST 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
INFOST 110
OR
INFOST 120
Introduction to Information Science and Technology OR Information Technology Ethics 3
CRM JST 480 Criminal Evidence and Investigation 3
CRM JST 510 Introduction to Crime Analysis 3
CRM JST 520 Analysis Oriented Technology: Spatial Data Analysis; Crime Mapping; ArcGIS 3
CRM JST 530 Data Driven Policing 3
CRM JST 311 Field Experience Practicum 0-3
Minor in Crime Analysis

Current UWM students who are not Criminal Justice majors can minor in Crime Analysis. This minor requires 18 credits in the following courses, or equivalents approved by the Department Chair. A minimum of 15 credits must be taken as a UWM student.

COURSE # COURSE NAME CREDITS
CRM JST 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRM JST 480 Criminal Evidence and Investigation 3
CRM JST 510 Introduction to Crime Analysis 3
CRM JST 520 Analysis Oriented Technology: Spatial Data Analysis; Crime Mapping; ArcGIS 3
CRM JST 530 Data Driven Policing 3
CRM JST 311 Field Experience Practicum 3

 

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