Dean’s Message

Welcome to the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. The School has its roots in the creation of the College of Criminal Justice, which was established in 1967, making us one of the oldest criminal justice programs in the United States. We offer degrees at the undergraduate (B.S.) and the graduate (M.S. and PhD) level.

Our educational offerings cover a wide range of crime, criminal justice, legal, and justice policy issues. Our classroom education, coupled with experiential learning provided in collaboration with Northeastern’s renowned Co-operative Education Program, further distinguishes the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. With over 8,000 graduates now occupying leadership positions in law and jurisprudence, research and higher education, policing and security, and corrections and juvenile justice, the School is poised to become one of the 10 most prominent schools in the U.S. devoted to the study of criminology and criminal justice policy.

Our faculty are drawn from many academic specialties including criminology, criminal justice, public policy, sociology, psychology, law,  political science, economics and history. Our three research facilities – Center for Criminal Justice Policy Research, Institute on Race and Justice, and Institute on Security and Public Policy – are intimately engaged in shaping criminal justice policies and programs at all levels of government. Our students, through their participation in Co-op and other forms of experiential education (e.g., service learning and internships), are systematically exposed to the administration of justice in its many forms on a day-to-day basis in international, federal, state and local agencies, both public and private. The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is also home to the George Lewis Ruffin Society, an organization committed to equity in the administration of justice as well as to increase the representation of people of color in justice system leadership roles. Whatever your criminal justice interest, the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice will prepare you well for graduate or law school, as well as for important roles in the wider justice system.

I encourage you to explore our website. You will find detailed information about the School, our academic programs, our faculty, our rich and diverse student body, as well as achievements of our alumni. Our curricula are also provided as well as information about how to apply to Northeastern University. There are also links that take you directly to the University’s admissions, student services and Experiential Education areas.

It’s an exciting time to be at Northeastern University as it continues its transformation to a national research university that is both student-centered and focused on creating and translating knowledge for global and societal needs. This mission is well suited to the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, reflecting its past, its current emphases, and its future. We hope you can join us and be part of this future.

Chester Britt, Ph.D
Dean

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