Prospective Graduate Students

  • Am I eligible for financial aid as an on-line student?

    Yes. Financial Aid applies equally to on-campus and online students. Financial aid may be available for matriculated students enrolled in 6 or more credits per semester. You may contact the Financial Aid Office at 978-934-4220 for more information. For a list of options please click on the Financial Considerations link at the top of this page. 

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  • Can I transfer graduate credits from other colleges and universities?

    1. Under certain circumstances, graduate credits earned from other colleges and universities may be transferred. Only graduate courses taken from an accredited Graduate School in the United States or Canada within a five-year period prior to the date of admission to one of the Criminal Justice graduate degree programs may be considered for transfer. 
    2. For the doctoral program, the Graduate Admissions Committee can accept transfer credit for graduate courses from an accredited university with a grade of "B" or better. Transfer credit can be awarded: (1) up to 24 credit hours if the applicant has not completed a master's degree; and (2) 30 hours for a completed master's. Transfer credit will only be awarded for courses that are substantially similar to those at UMass Lowell.  Applicants are required to submit course descriptions and course syllabi for each course. 
    3. A maximum of 12 graduate credits [four graduate courses] earned with a grade of "B" or better may be transferred toward the master's degree program at the UMass Lowell. A separate assessment is made of each course to determine its suitability for transfer.
    4. These graduate level courses must not have been used in earning another master's degree.  
    5. The courses presented must be appropriate to the Criminal Justice Graduate degree program. 
    6. Transfer graduate credits may not be granted for research seminars, clinical courses, practica, internships or special projects. 
    7. An official transcript and description of the course(s) must be submitted directly to the Graduate Admissions Office.
    8. If you wish to transfer graduate credits from an accredited graduate school, you must file a Graduate Academic Petition (pdf) form within the first semester of matriculation.

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  • Is the master's degree admission procedure the same for online and on-campus?


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  • What are the admission requirements?

    The admissions requirements for the three graduate programs are all different. Admissions information specific to each program is available at Graduate Program Admission Requirements.  

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  • What are the requirements for the various graduate programs in Criminal Justice and Criminology?

    Information on degree requirements is available at Criminal Justice Graduate Program Admissions Requirements. 

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  • What if I have been previously admitted to UMass Lowell's Graduate School or if I choose to wait to enter the program (deferred admission)?

    1. If you formerly matriculated, and then withdrew in good standing from the University, you may be re-admitted to the program by completing a Graduate Academic Petition(pdf), signed by the Graduate Coordinator of the Criminal Justice Department and submitted to the Graduate Admissions office within two (2) years of your initial withdrawal. 
    2. If you were accepted into the program and did not matriculate, and you were dropped from the Program because you failed to register, you can submit a Graduate Academic Petition (pdf) to Graduate Admissions within one year requesting re-instatement. Beyond the one-year time period, you must submit a new application and fee. 
    3. If accepted to the program, you may request a deferment of acceptance up to one year beyond the date when you were scheduled to begin your graduate program. Beyond the one-year time period, you must submit a new application and fee. 


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  • What if my undergraduate GPA is not 2.8 or higher?

    1. If you possess a bachelor's degree with an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 to 2.8, and you want to enroll in the Master's Program, you may request the Graduate Coordinator's permission to take CRIM 580/44.501 Foundations of Criminal Justice Scholarship and CRIM 520/44.503 Administration of Justice as a non-degree student. 
    2. If you successfully complete these courses with a grade of "B" or better, you may make a formal application, supplying all of the information detailed in the Graduate Program Admissions Requirements. The Graduate Committee of the Criminal Justice Department will make a decision regarding your admission. 

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