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School of 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?

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Recognized As the 5th Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Program in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report

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.

Badge: UMass Lowell Awarded 2019 Best Online Masters Degree Programs - Homeland Security - BEST DEGREE PROGRAMS >HOMELAND SECURITY THE BEST ONLINE MASTER’S IN HOMELAND SECURITY PROGRAMS Summary of work: More than 53 hours of research. Every online Master in Homeland Security program in the US analyzed. 24 industry experts, hiring managers, current students, and alumni consulted. 29 of the best programs identified.

Recognized As a 2019 Best Online Masters Degree Program - Homeland Security

Journals edited by our faculty:

Criminal Justice Programs & Research

Meet Our Students

Deborah Friedl '83 Criminal Justice, Psychology

Criminal justice and psychology graduate Deborah Friedl is the first female interim superintendent of the Lowell Police Department.

Criminal Justice was a great fit for me.