Juris Doctor and Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University seeks to prepare students for professional and research careers in criminal justice, criminology, and related fields by applying multidisciplinary and comparative social science to understand, predict, and explain crime and contribute to the development of public policy within urban communities. Using an active-learning approach, the school seeks to develop its students intellectually and ethically, while providing them with a keen appreciation for the complexities of crime and public and private efforts to make communities safer and to ensure justice. The school offers a Graduate Certificate in global criminology, a Master of Science degree in criminology and criminal justice, and a PhD degree in criminology and justice policy. In addition, the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice has recently joined with the School of Law to develop two new programs: the JD/MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice program, and the JD-PhD in Criminology and Justice Policy program.

The joint JD/MS program will expand the knowledge base and career options of students.  The disciplines of criminal justice and law share common interests in identifying opportunities to create the conditions for justice, social equality, and societal well-being.  The joint degree will provide students with a comprehensive interdisciplinary understanding of what influences criminal justice problems and the social, political, legal, economic context in which they are found.  Solving these problems requires interdisciplinary knowledge and an analytical and practical skillset that includes inter-professional problem solving.

Degree Requirements

Students in the joint JD/M.S. program will meet the degree requirements for both the Juris Doctor and the Master of Science in Criminal Justice. The JD requires 34 semester hours and 53 quarter credits, as well as 4 completed co-ops. The MS (non-thesis option) requires 30 credits, as well as an internship (3 credits). The internship will be waived in lieu of one of the Law Co-ops. Otherwise, students will complete all requirements for both degrees.

Degree Plan

Students will be immersed in the Law School during their first and second academic years. The third year of study will be comprised of all required and elective courses in SCCJ. The summer following year 3 consists of the final coursework required in the Law School. Four Co-ops are completed during years 2–4 in the program.

Summer Fall Winter Spring
Year 1 Law Law
Year 2 Law Co-op Law Law Co-op Law
Year 3 Law Co-op CJ Law Co-op Law
Year 4 Law Law Co-op*

*The Law Co-op will count as 3 SHs toward the MS degree and will serve as a substitute for the internship requirement in the MS program

SCCJ and Law School Courses Counting towards both Degrees

Courses required for the joint JD/MS degree can be found on CourseLeaf.

Application Requirements

Students will apply first to the JD program and, if accepted, then apply for the MS program prior to matriculation. Students must complete all requirements for the School of Law application which will then be passed on to the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Students who have taken the LSAT will have the GRE requirement waived.

School of Law JD Application Requirements

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