UMass Lowell's flexible master of arts in criminal justice program allows for full- or part-time study in a range of specialized fields, and is available on campus, online or as a combination of the two. Many students successfully complete the program while working full time, and the online program is ranked 3rd in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
Students can dive into the current topics shaping today’s approaches to public safety through UMass Lowell’s Quinn-Bill-certified program, ensuring graduates who are police officers qualify for incentive pay.
The School of Criminology and Justice Studies faculty are experts in areas ranging from transnational crime and weapons of mass destruction, to offender re-entry, victim’s concerns, and mental health and the justice system, to name a few. The master of arts in criminal justice program is evidence-based and data driven, so graduates emerge with skills to evaluate policies and model best practices, as well as crisis and emergency management administrative skills. Graduates of the program not only deepen their understanding of key concepts, they also learn how to apply this knowledge to related social problems and changing situations. The M.A. in Criminal Justice program has a long history of producing dedicated, well-rounded students who are in top demand by federal, state and local agencies.
Due to COVID-19 the required two letters of recommendation under Admission Requirements is temporarily waived through September 30, 2022.