Students are familiarized with the facts and concepts of criminal justice and taught how to apply this knowledge to related social problems and changing situations.


The Bachelor of Science degree program in Criminal Justice and Criminology offers students both a comprehensive applied knowledge of criminal justice and the benefits of a well-rounded liberal arts education. We not only familiarize students with the causes of crime and the workings of the criminal justice system, but we also teach students how to apply this knowledge to grapple with complex social problems in our rapidly changing world, through the development of critical thinking and communication skills.

Master's Degrees

The School of Criminology and Justice Studies Master's degree program offers courses in two formats: on-campus and online. Students may take courses in either format or a combination of the two. Requirements are the same for all course formats.

Doctoral Degrees

The doctoral degree at UMass Lowell is an interdisciplinary, research-oriented degree. The program is designed to provide a theoretically grounded, methodologically sophisticated and statistically rigorous education. As such, the curriculum provides for a sequence of courses in theory, methodology and statistics.

Graduate Certificates

The graduate program offers five 12-credit certificates that are designed to meet the diverse needs of criminal justice professionals:

  • Domestic Violence Prevention 
  • Forensic Criminology 
  • Leadership & Policy Development 
  • Security Studies 
  • Victim Studies

For the latest admission requirements and course of study, please visit the UMass Lowell online academic catalog