Programs of Study

Criminal Justice Programs

Undergraduate

While the Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology seeks to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of the criminal justice system, we are also committed to ensuring that students receive the benefits of a well-rounded liberal arts education. We not only familiarize students with the correlations of crime and the workings of the criminal justice system, but we also teach students how to apply this knowledge to related social problems and changing situations. The includes the development of critical thinking, communication skills and the ability to conceptualize ideas.

  • Bachelor of Science
    To provide a well-rounded education on the many key areas of the criminal justice system, we offer five degree concentrations:
    • Police 
    • Corrections 
    • Violence
    • Crime & Mental Health 
    • Homeland Security
  • Accelerated BS to MA in Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • A minor in criminal justice is also offered.

Master's Degrees

The School of Criminology and Justice Studies Master's degree program offers courses in two formats: on-campus and online. Students may take courses in either format or a combination of the two. Requirements are the same for all course formats.

Doctoral Degrees

The doctoral degree at UMass Lowell is an interdisciplinary, research-oriented degree. The program is designed to provide a theoretically grounded, methodologically sophisticated and statistically rigorous education. As such, the curriculum provides for a sequence of courses in theory, methodology and statistics.

Graduate Certificates

The graduate program offers six 12-credit certificates that are designed to meet the diverse needs of criminal justice professionals:  

  • Domestic Violence Prevention 
  • Forensic Criminology 
  • Leadership & Policy Development 
  • Security Studies 
  • Victim Studies

For the latest admission requirements and course of study, please visit the UMass Lowell online academic catalog