Master of Science in Criminal Justice

➤  One-year program

➤  Co-op possibilities

➤  Online opportunities


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. The School is moving to offer a fully-online master’s program beginning in Fall 2020, but all required courses are already offered both on-ground and online. This provides flexibility for students that work full-time or have other commitments during traditional classroom hours.

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.


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.

“At the DEA, I worked in a Task Force with Detectives from Boston and neighboring cities, observing investigations first-hand. I continued to build my resume by gaining skills in CCTV surveillance, vehicle tracking, and criminal history checks.”

– Dodi Feldman, Criminal Justice BS, Criminology and Criminal Justice MS
on her co-op experience with the Drug Enforcement Agency


Through individual interviews, we created Student Pathways to demonstrate the variety of possibilities available. See what previous students thought of the criminal justice program at Northeastern, including an inside look at co-op experiences, favorite courses, influential professors, transformative coursework, and much more. Master’s students on track to complete a co-op can work with their co-op advisor to secure an opportunity that aligns with their vocational interests.

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

Jennifer Smith, Graduate Program Administrator | 617.373.8849