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Behavioral Science

Behavioral Science

The complex minds of some criminals are hard to understand. What, how, and why they think as they do are the topics that all behavioral scientists in the criminal justice field try to comprehend. The most important job of a behavioral scientist would be to create profiles of criminals or suspects. That might involve collecting data and information about the person in order to better understand them. Whether the person is a common criminal, murderer, terrorist, or just an employee of a firm, it is the job of a behavioral scientist to unlock the secrets stored away in the individual's mind. When there is an understanding of the suspect, and an understanding of how or why the suspect acts as he or she did, then it can become easier to prevent similar unwanted acts by others in the future.

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Located in Fairfax, Virginia, George Mason University is the largest public research university in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Programs:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate

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Earn a respected bachelor's degree, master's degree, or Ph.D. online at Walden University.

Programs:

  • MS in Human and Social Services - Conflict Management and Negotiation
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Disaster, Crisis, and Intervention
  • PhD in Human and Social Services - Conflict Management and Negotiation
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Which career path will you take – Business, Nursing, Education, Psychology? Something else? GCU offers more than 100 majors to get you started!

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  • B.A. in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Biblical Studies
  • Master of Divinity
  • B.A. in Christian Studies

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100% Online & No Standardized Testing

Programs:

  • Master of Divinity - Pastoral Ministries
  • Doctor of Ministry: Theology and Apologetics
  • Doctor of Ministry: Chaplaincy
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Founded in 1876, Johns Hopkins University, a top tier research university with campus locations in Maryland and Washington, DC, and online.

Programs:

  • Master of Liberal Arts

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As a student at South University, you will have the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty members who have real-world experience in the subjects that they teach. Our small class sizes allow you to receive personalized attention from instructors, and the encouragement to recognize your goals for the future and the means to achieve them.

Programs:

  • Doctor of Ministry

Locations: Virginia Beach , Glen Allen
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St. John’s is a Catholic Vincentian University that prepares students for personal and professional success in today’s global society.

Programs:

  • Master of Science in Library and Information Science: Academic Librarianship
  • Master of Science in Library and Information Science: Public Librarianship
  • Master of Science in Library and Information Science: Archival Studies
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At Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, we take pride in offering online graduate degrees designed to complement the schedules of working adults like you.

Programs:

  • Master of Arts in International Development

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The jobs available to one graduating with a behavioral science degree may vary greatly. There are positions open in many fields ranging from work for government agencies, such as the FBI or Homeland Security, whether in the field or as an administrator who trains others, to positions in local police departments dealing with everyday criminals and murders. Other jobs that one may possibly obtain are work in prisons and in mental institutions for the criminally insane. Usually jobs such as these serve more as a learning experience for the new behavioral scientist, and the salary reflects that status. Expect a lower salary than even work for a government agency. However, jobs in the private sector pay higher. Look for a position with a large company that is in need of a behavioral scientist to provide counseling or social work to its employees or customers to earn a higher salary than federal government jobs. Whether you pursue a public or private sector career in behavioral science, the experience should prove to be insightful and filled with a lifetime of learning the ins and outs of the human mind.