Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice

The master’s program in criminology and criminal justice at Northeastern University concentrates both on the problem of crime as a form of deviant behavior, and on the criminal justice and private security systems that deal with it. The program emphasizes a systems approach to criminal justice, stressing policy development and analysis, as well as the impact these policies have on the individuals and organizations charged with delivering justice in a fair and equitable manner. Broad in concept and scope, it encompasses such related disciplines as law, sociology, political science, psychology, criminology, and public administration.

The MS program offers both full-time and part-time programs of study with late afternoon and evening classes scheduled to accommodate the needs of both types of study. All candidates for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree must successfully complete a minimum of thirty semester hours of credit in course work.

The master’s program is comprised of required courses encompassing both substantive and technical skills. Additionally, students choose elective courses from offerings within the Graduate Program in Criminal Justice. The course offerings afford students the flexibility to customize their own programs.

Students can either pursue the conventional master’s degree or add an additional experiential component to their program. To satisfy the requirements for the Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice, students must successfully complete thirty (30) semester hours of coursework in a 12-month period. Students opting for an experiential opportunity will extend the duration of the program by 6 months to 18 months and will gain informal mentorship through their co-op experience as well as the experiential integration course.

Faculty members in the Graduate Program represent several different academic disciplines and teaching activities vary in nature, depending on the instructors’ specific objectives. The faculty’s specialized interests help make possible a broad range of program offerings including courses on, the criminal justice process, victimology, security management, criminal law, juvenile justice, law and psychology and terrorism.

Briefly stated, the Graduate Program in Criminal Justice endeavors to:

  • Assist in developing criminal justice and private security leaders capable of assuming responsibility for policy planning and administration;
  • Offer students the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct applied research while assisting them in developing the ability to apply this research in a variety of criminal justice settings; and
  • Provide an opportunity for a solid educational foundation for those who wish to pursue more advanced graduate study beyond the Master of Science degree.