Master of Science in Criminology and 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 on-ground 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.

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Now Available Online

The School now offers the master’s program 100% online, providing flexibility for students who are working professionals, outside of the Boston area, or have commitments during traditional classroom hours. All required courses are taught by tenured, full-time faculty to ensure a quality learning environment. Students can customize their own programs, which may include an internship, directed study, or master’s thesis. Interdisciplinary elective courses are offered across the College of Social Sciences and Humanities in criminal justice, political science, public policy and urban affairs, data sciences, and more.

Online Master’s

Accelerated Programs and Tuition Discounts

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. To view a complete list of scholarships available, visit CSSH Financial Aid and Awards.


Master’s Outcomes

Master’s students secure prestigious positions after graduation including placements in corrections, courts, local and federal agencies, human services, police departments, legal firms, doctoral programs, and more.

Examples of recent student placements include:

Walter Bradshaw | 2019 | U.S. Air Force, Aircraft Mechanic

Brandon Craig | 2019 | Northeastern University, Doctoral Student

Hannah Shawver | 2019 | Desmaris Law Group, Paralegal

Brendan Devlin | 2019 | U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Combat Engineer

Mashaunda McBarnett | 2019 | Spectrum Health Systems Inc., Female Services Counselor

Justin Tran | 2019 | New England Innocence Project, Intake Coordinator

Sarah Lockwood | 2018 | Northeastern University, Doctoral Student

Dodi Feldman | 2018 | Burlington Police Department, Crime Analyst

Maddison Stemple-Piatt | 2018 | Andrus Wagstaff, Attorneys at Law, Legal Assistant

Andrew Franquiz | 2018 | Framingham Police Department, Crime Analyst

Katherine Mirani | 2018 | Santander Bank, Anti-Money Laundering Analyst

Christa Cosenza | 2018 | Cambridge Police Department, Case Manager

Matthew Kafafian | 2018 | Northeastern University, Doctoral Student

Payton Schenck | 2018 | Concentric Advisors, Intelligence Analyst

Connor Nickerson | 2017 | New England International Donors, Program Associate

Additional Resources

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


Dakotah Kennedy, Graduate Program Coordinator | 617.373.8849