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UMass Lowell's flexible program allows for full- or part-time study in a range of specialized fields, and is available on campus, online or a combination of the two. This permits many of our students to continue full time jobs while attaining their Master's degree. Requirements are the same for all course formats. Once the majority of required courses have been completed, students are free to choose the remaining courses in their program of study. Students should meet with their adviser to develop an individualized course of study that best meets their interests and needs. Selected specialty courses will be taken during the second or subsequent year.
With the approval of the academic adviser, students may select up to nine credits of graduate-level courses in other programs at the university. Students will be assigned an academic adviser, usually the graduate coordinator, when entering the program.
For the latest admission requirements, course of study and course information please visit the UMass Lowell Online Graduate Academic Catalog.
Students may choose to complete a Master's Thesis. The decision to complete a thesis should be made before the completion of 24 credits. Full time students will enroll in thesis during the second year of study. The thesis will be completed under the direction of a mutually acceptable thesis adviser. The thesis proposal must be approved by a thesis committee, composed of the thesis adviser (chair) and two other committee members chosen by the student and approved by the graduate coordinator. An approved copy of the proposal will be filed with the graduate coordinator. The thesis will represent the student’s ability to formulate, carry out, and present a significant research project. A “defense of thesis” will be conducted before the thesis committee and other interested faculty and students. Thesis forms and guidelines are available.
Juniors and seniors at UMass Lowell who have a 3.0 GPA or better and have earned a B or better in Criminal Justice Statistics are eligible to apply for the B.S/M.A. program. The B.S./M.A. program allows for completion of both degrees in five years, if desired. As part of the program, three graduate classes may be counted toward both the 120 credit hours required for the B.S. degree and the 33 credit hours required for the M.A. degree.
Please note once the student graduates with their bachelor's degree and enters the master's program, the student must transfer the credits from the graduate courses taken while they were pursuing their bachelor's degree by completing an academic petition asking for the credits to be transferred into the master's program.
For additional information, please contact the Criminal Justice Graduate Adviser via email:CJGradAdvisor@uml.edu.
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