As a graduate of Northeastern University, you are part of a strong community of alumni representing an expansive range of positions in business, media, the arts, non-profit organizations, and government agencies across the country and around the world. We take tremendous pride in your success, and hope that you will keep you Northeastern connection going strong!


Graduate Testimonials

Kashif Siddiqi, MS 2012

“During my time at Northeastern University’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, I gained tools and knowledge that I know will stay with me throughout my professional career. The classes were intense and the workload was not light, however, the professors and staff were always readily available to help guide me and to make sure that I never felt overwhelmed. The program was instrumental in preparing me for a career in criminal justice research and policy. I was not only able to learn about the criminal justice system and the processes involved, I was also able to make contact with professionals and researchers in the field. That network is a part of the criminal justice program at Northeastern that is not advertised but is one of the major aspects that sets the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University apart from others.

After my graduation from Northeastern University, I was able to use one of my contacts gained during my time in the program to become the Grants Manager and Statistician for the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office in Massachusetts. I have used many of the skills gained during my time at Northeastern directly on the job at the MSO. This is a position I would never have been qualified for were it not for the efforts of the professors and staff at Northeastern University.

My time at Northeastern University’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice was an incredible experience that has opened up many doors for my professional career and I could not be happier with my decision to attend.”


Shawna M. Anderson, MS 2012

Shawna M. Andersen is the Research and Planning Specialist at the Massachusetts Parole Board. She performs statistical analyses, completes internal performance evaluations to advance the agency mission to build evidence-based practices, manages and responds to external research requests, and creates the agency’s annual report.

Shawna also contributes to policy development and strategic planning, including implementation of new initiatives. In addition, she is certified as an agency trainer in conducting offender risk/need assessments.

While a Master’s student in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Shawna participated in the internship program. As an intern to the Chairman and Chief of Staff at the Parole Board, she was introduced to the opportunity for her current position. Northeastern University’s experiential education propelled her employment in state government. In addition, graduate courses, such as Statistics, Research and Evaluation Methods, and Evidence-Based Crime Policy prepared Shawna for her career in criminal justice.


Jessica Mansourian, MS

I chose Northeastern for a number of reasons. For starters, I love the city of Boston and I really think it is important to love the city you are in while attending school. I knew that it was going to be a lot of hard work, so I wanted to make sure I was in a place that I knew I could be happy and enjoy my down time. I also had a number of friends who attended Northeastern for their undergraduate studies, and they all had spoken so highly about the programs, the campus and their overall experiences. But one of the real reasons that NEU and SCCJ specifically stood out for me was that they offered a Master’s of Science degree when many other universities only offered Masters of Arts. I had already received a BA degree from my undergraduate work and felt that having a MS would provide a more rounded academic portfolio. The emphasis on research was important for me since I knew that I wanted a career in the research field of criminal justice.

I graduated with a MS in criminal justice. Immediately following graduation I took a position working as a Criminal Justice Research Technician at the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) working in their applied research division. At SANDAG I was responsible for collecting and analyzing crime data from all of the law enforcement agencies within San Diego County. I participated in the development of research methodologies for criminal justice and public safety program evaluations; assisted in the design of data collection instruments and procedures for federally funded applied research projects; and participated in a number of county-wide evaluation programs of criminal justice and juvenile justice programs.

After SANDAG I accepted a position with the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) as a Program Analyst in the Research & Development. I have currently been at the COPS Office for 4 years and have been promoted to a number of positions, of which I am now a Senior Social Science Analyst with the Research & Development Division. At the COPS Office I support the design, implementation, monitoring, and assessment of national-level programs to increase the number of community policing officers and advance community policing. Additionally, I perform a variety of analytical, administrative, and evaluative, and other professional work involving social and behavioral sciences and contributes to the COPS Office’s mission.

The programs focus on research and evaluative methods have been instrumental in preparing me with the skills needed in my career. While the statistics and research methods classes may not have always been my favorite I can honestly say that the skills I took away from those classes have had the largest impact on my professional career, and my ability to perform that tasks required in each of the positions I have held since leaving Northeastern.

SCCJ provides a well-rounded academic experience for any student who is interested in working in the criminal justice field. From my cohort alone I know of other graduates who currently have careers working for the federal government, in the prison system, or in law enforcement. The knowledge that is gained through this program is applicable for almost any career in the criminal justice field and the experiences NEU provides to their students are ones that will remain with them for their lifetime.


Undergraduate Testimonials

Nico Coia, BS 2014

I chose NEU because at the time, it was one of the only schools that had its own College of Criminal Justice. I knew that I wanted to go into Federal Law Enforcement, and with NEU’s great academic reputation and distinguished co-op program, I knew it was the right choice.

I graduated Magna Cum Lade with a BS in Criminal Justice, and Minors in International Affairs, History, and Law/Public Policy in May 2014. During my co-ops, I interned with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in which the agent in charge was also a NEU Criminal Justice graduate. During my internship, I applied for a Special Agent position with that agency, and two months after graduation, I was hired and sent to training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

The co-op program is the most important aspect of NEU, because it gives you connections and real world experience. Getting a degree is one thing, but having work experience and professional connections is something that makes NEU stand above the rest.

My academic advisor, Gail Horn, and my co-op advisor, Nancy Tavares, were very helpful in guiding me in the direction I wanted to go. Without their help and expertise, I would have not been able to become the graduate I am today.

It’s simple. Northeastern is rising in the charts every year. More and more students are applying to this school because of its reputation. Graduates realize that NEU offers something that no other school can offer, and that is why we want to stay connected and vocalize how great our experiences were. Why do people go to college? To get a degree, in order to get that dream job. But unfortunately we see how many recent graduates are employed and stuck in the dwindling economy. But one thing stays the same, Northeastern University offers a college experience that WILL make you get that dream job, right when you graduate. I can say first hand that my degree speaks for itself, and when people read Northeastern University on my resume, they know the type of applicant they are hiring.


Katie Shaffer, BS 2013

I actually chose Northeastern for the business program and started my studies focusing on accounting. In my second year, I started to consider tax and accounting fraud and took Introduction to Criminal Justice. This class made me realize that I was more interested in criminal justice, so I changed my major towards the end of my second year.

CJSAC and the broad faculty backgrounds were very helpful in guiding me into the path I’ve chosen. Being a part of CJSAC and attending and planning events with different speakers and trips to places like the BPD gave me a good look into what the different parts of the criminal justice system offers. Along those lines, the professors helped me understand the different roles of professionals in the field. My professors included lawyers, law enforcement, and researchers in a wide array of fields.

After graduation, I began law school at University of California, Hastings College of the Law, focusing on criminal law. I plan to graduate in 2016.

A number of the courses I took at Northeastern positively influenced my career. In particular, Criminal Due Process with Professor Larson was the first class that really got me thinking about criminal law and eventually led me to law school.

I think students benefit greatly from being a part of SCCJ. The faculty is broad and well-established in their fields and the academic and administrative staff are extremely supportive and helpful. Coming from the large School of Business, I enjoyed that SCCJ was smaller and gives students the opportunity to really get to know their fellow students, faculty and staff on a personal level. I highly recommend Northeastern’s SCCJ to any student.


Raymond DePalma, BS

I transferred to Northeastern from UCONN because I was interested in Federal Law Enforcement and SCCJ showed the best path to get my foot in the door.

When I graduated I received my criminal justice degree but I am currently working as a Security Operations Center Tier III Analyst for Liberty Mutual Insurance. I am a part of their cyber security incident response team responsible for detecting and mitigating malicious threats towards Liberty Mutual. Since graduation I have obtained my GCIH which certifies me as an Incident Handler and Investigator.

The Co-op program influenced me in my current career path. I had a co-op with the Security Service Department with MIT Lincoln Laboratory where I discovered the Information Security field which I continued to support at Lincoln Laboratory and now my full time employer. Jean Egan and Steven Williams were highly positive faculty members who influenced me to become a professional in the workforce.

If students who want to determine whether a career in Law, Law Enforcement or Government works for them, they should choose SCCJ to participate in their Co-ops to determine whether it is truly the field they want to pursue.

Alumni Outcomes

The school’s undergraduate and graduate programs have produced a number of successful graduates in all facets of the criminal justice field. Here are just a few:

• Herby Duverne, Deputy Director of Aviation Security, Massachusetts Port Authority

• Gerald F. Malone, Attorney

• Raymond Santilli, Assistant Town Manager, North Andover, Massachusetts

• Jack Dawley, First Assistant District Attorney, Essex District Attorney’s Office

• Rebecca Der Garabedian, IT Security Auditor, U.S. Department of Labor

• Paul Dwyer, Director of Security, Westin Boston Waterfront

• Janet Fine, Executive Director, Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance

• Alida Merlo, Professor of Criminal Justice, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

• Bonnie Michelman, Director of Police Security and Outside Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

• Daniel O’Leary, Chief of Police, Brookline, MA Police Department

• Thomas O’Reilly, Senior Policy Advisor, Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice

• Edward Owens, President, Owens Moving and Storage, Boston

• M. Benjamin Lipman, Senior Vice President Sales, Guardsmark, LLC

• Stacia A. Hylton, Director, United States Marshals Service

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