The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University made its Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice available 100% online. Composed of four required courses and four elective courses, the program is designed to be customizable, interdisciplinary, and can be completed in as few as two semesters.
Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor Gregory Zimmerman explains, “the new online master’s will provide all the same benefits as the existing on-ground degree to a wider range of students.” With part-time and full-time options, and available anywhere in the world, the online program can meet the needs of working professionals, students outside of the Boston area, and others with commitments during traditional classroom hours.
Students have the option to extend the program by 6 months to pursue cooperative education. Northeastern has one of the only programs in the country that offers experiential learning at the graduate level. Placements span domestic and international environments like law offices and legal services units, federal government offices, political campaigns, international committees, police departments, research centers and nonprofit research labs, insurance companies, juvenile justice youth groups, medical centers, private banks, and more.
Online master’s candidates will have access to Northeastern’s resources, including Northeastern’s signature experiential learning model, 30-plus research centers, world-renown faculty in the criminal justice discipline, an extensive alumni network, and career services. Broad in concept and scope, the program encompasses related disciplines such as law, sociology, political science, psychology, and public administration. Students can pursue specialized interests outside of the curriculum by taking courses with other departments across the College of Social Sciences and Humanities or by completing a directed study–a research project under the close supervision of a faculty member.
Professor Zimmerman notes that this is a particularly advantageous option for Northeastern undergraduates who are eligible for the PlusOne program. The PlusOne program provides students the ability to complete a master’s degree is one additional semester following their undergraduate studies.
The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is looking forward to entering the emerging digital landscape hopes to make quality education more accessible by offering online learning.