MS 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. With a full-time course load, students generally complete the masters program in one year. Part-time students complete their degree in two to three years depending on their pace and course selection.

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, which may include an internship, directed study, or Master’s thesis.

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:

Graduate study in criminal justice may be pursued on either a full or part-time basis. 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.


Application Requirements:


Applicants must submit the online application and all required admission materials no later than the stated deadlines to be considered for admission.

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