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Criminology & Justice Studies

The School of Criminology and Justice Studies at UMass Lowell focuses on emerging issues confronting the criminal justice system.

Why Study Criminology and Criminal Justice at UMass Lowell?

Students explore issues including violence and victims, justice-involved mental health populations, police innovations, data-driven practice and national security. The school is a leader in the use of innovative technologies, and offers cutting edge programs both on campus and online. Graduates of our programs understand the facts and concepts of criminal justice, but, more importantly, how to apply this knowledge to related social problems and changing situations. The development of critical thinking, communication skills and the ability to conceptualize ideas is reflected in our curriculum, which provides students with a balanced presentation of the issues of the field.
Jason Rydberg, Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology and Justice Studies with a graduate student
U.S. News and World Report has ranked UMass Lowell as the 14th best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Program in the nation!

Criminal Justice Programs & Research

Meet Our Students

Elinor Mayo '20 Criminal Justice

Elinor Mayo has lofty dreams, and Air Force ROTC is helping her find her way to the cockpit.

When I was in seventh grade, I decided I wanted to be a fighter pilot because in my head, that was the most amazing job I could ever have. If I push myself hard enough, it might be within reach.

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