Master of Science in Criminal Justice

One Year Program with Co-op Possibilities

Master’s candidates can complete a degree in criminology and criminal justice over a 12-month period, with classes offered in the late afternoon, evening, and online to accommodate the needs of both full-time and part-time students. Candidates who opt for an experiential opportunity (co-op, research, or service-learning) will extend the duration of the program by 6 months, completing their degree over an 18-month period and gaining invaluable understanding of the field at large.

Within the program, 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, and the overlap of law and psychology. For students interested in the co-op experiential opportunity, diverse and exciting placements are available in corrections, courts, human services, investigations, juvenile justice, law, loss prevention, security, social services, and more. The School is one of the only programs in the country that offers experiential learning at the graduate level, extending Northeastern’s trademark undergraduate co-op to graduate students.

Now Available Online

Flexibility Where You Need It

The School is moving to offer a fully-online version of the master’s program beginning Fall 2020, providing flexibility for students that have commitments during traditional classroom hours. The program is designed to help students grow intellectually and ethically in order to make communities safer and to ensure justice. Students learn the skills necessary to impact policy and practice by becoming producers and critical consumers of research and scholarship. All required courses are taught by tenured, full-time faculty to ensure a quality learning environment.

Through our required courses, students learn substantive and technical skills. Students can customize their own programs, which may include an internship, directed study, or master’s thesis. Interdisciplinary elective courses are offered in criminal justice, political science, public policy and urban affairs, data sciences, and more.


Accelerated Programs and Tuition Discounts for Northeastern Undergraduates and Alumni

Northeastern undergraduates of any major can earn their Master’s in Criminal Justice in one additional semester through the PlusOne Program. Alumni of any Northeastern program, pertaining to criminal justice or otherwise, are eligible for a 25% tuition discount on graduate programs at our university through the Double Husky Scholarship Program.

Student Learning Outcomes:

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
  • Provide an opportunity for a solid educational foundation for those who wish to pursue more advanced graduate study beyond the Master of Science degree

Additional Resources:

Degree Plans and Course Descriptions
Application Requirements
Application Deadlines
Co-op Information
Graduate General Regulations

Gregory Zimmerman, Graduate Program Director | 617.373.7065