Welcome to Criminal Justice at Northeastern

A Message from the Director

“Established in 1967, ours is one of the oldest and most prominent programs of its kind in the United States. We offer degrees both at the undergraduate level (Bachelor of Science) and the graduate level (Master of Science and Ph.D.), as well as a minor and a graduate certificate. We are a small school in a large university. That means that you have a vast array of options for electives, minors should you choose one, athletics and clubs, while at the same time having most of your classes with fewer than 20-30 students. Students in all of our degree programs have the chance to interact closely with the faculty and join them in research projects. Our nationally and internationally renowned faculty include specialists in a wide range of areas, including such topics as criminal law, crime in a global context, terrorism, human trafficking, hate crime, serial and mass murder, community policing, juvenile justice, and incarceration and punishment. You will learn from the experts, in class and out…”

– Anthony Braga, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor and Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Anthony Braga, Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
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Criminal Justice News

Publications, News Publicity, Research Grants and More

Professor Amy Farrell is Disrupting Human Trafficking in U.S. Agriculture

Three Northeastern researchers are hoping to disrupt human trafficking in U.S. agriculture with an unusual approach: They are focused on the victims.

SCCJ Launches New Online Master’s Program

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University recently launched a new Online Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice. 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.

SCCJ Faculty and Students Receive Five 2019 ASC Awards

As a top-tier research university, Northeastern brings together students and faculty from around the world to engage in cutting-edge research projects. This year, the American Society of Criminology (ASC) is honoring the research of our students and faculty with five individual awards.


Megan Denver, CJ Professor

Megan Denver is a recent and distinguished addition to the faculty at the Northeastern University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Previously an assistant professor at Florida State University, she developed a keen understanding of the criminal justice system through advancing her education and immersing herself in complex research. She received her Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University at Albany and her master’s degree in sociology from the University of Delaware.

As a professor, Denver wants to help criminal justice majors grasp the excitement behind and the importance of research, careers, and coverage within the field. She believes a narrow set of images often comes to mind when individuals think of criminal justice, but the field is much larger, more diverse, and more complex than many realize. She advises current and prospective students alike to meet with different professionals to gain a more thorough understanding of possibilities in criminology and criminal justice.

Professor Megan Denver

Martin Narciso, CJ Alumnus '19

“We have ideas of these boundaries between disciplines, but I’ve learned that it’s necessary to go beyond those barriers. Criminal Justice pulls from political science, public policy, urban sciences, sociology, even math! All of these fields come together, and I think what’s important is collaboration across backgrounds to create an unique perspective. It’s important for everyone to understand why an interdisciplinary approach is so crucial to get the whole picture and have successful policies.”