Criminology and Justice Studies

About Us

Looking to the Future

The School of Criminology and Justice Studies at UMass Lowell looks to the future by focusing on emerging issues confronting the criminal justice system including violence and victims, justice-involved mental health populations, police innovations, data-driven practice and national security. The school is a leader in the use of innovative technologies, and offers cutting edge graduate programs both on campus and online.

Faculty Committed to Community and Students

The school prides itself on excellence in scholarship, and is equally committed to using its knowledge to address real world problems. Faculty members are leaders in conducting large scale national research projects and in working collaboratively with communities and agencies throughout the region to assist with strategic problem solving, crime analysis, evaluation research, and policy analysis.

Most of all, the school is committed to its students and to providing them with academic excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Applying Knowledge to Social Problems

We not only familiarize students with the facts and concepts of criminal justice, but, more importantly, we teach students how to apply this knowledge to related social problems and changing situations. The development of critical thinking, communication skills and the ability to conceptualize ideas is reflected in our curriculum, which provides students with a balanced presentation of the issues of the field.