Full time | Part time | Online
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.
TYPES OF APPLICANTS
This program is suitable for a variety of applicants:
- Applicants seeking a terminal master's degree as a prerequisite for entry into the criminal justice field.
- Applicants currently in the criminal justice system who seek to broaden their skills and obtain job-related knowledge and expertise, or specialize and/or work in some other area of the system.
- Applicants currently in the justice system or pre-service who wish to obtain the education and expertise necessary to meet the growing need for teaching criminal justice at the community college level.
- Applicants preparing for doctoral work in criminal justice or related fields.
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.