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