Online Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice

The Online Advantage

The Online Master of Science is the newest program addition to the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Composed of four required courses and four elective courses, the degree is designed to be customizable, interdisciplinary, and can be completed in as few as two semesters. 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. Required courses are taught by full-time, tenure-track professors to ensure a quality learning environment.

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Experiential Learning

Students have the option to extend the program by 6 months to pursue cooperative education. The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice 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. Placements span domestic and international environments like federal government offices, political campaigns, international committees, police departments, research centers and nonprofit research labs, insurance companies, juvenile justice groups, medical centers, private banks, and more.

Interdisciplinary Approach

Broad in concept and scope, the Master’s Program encompasses related disciplines such as law, sociology, political science, psychology, criminology, and public administration. Ultimately, our curriculum will help students grow intellectually and ethically in order to make communities safer and ensure justice. 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.

Course Offerings and Descriptions

Required courses for the online master’s degree are the same as those for the on-ground degree, with elective offerings available by advisement. View a complete list of courses on our Course Catalog.


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.

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