College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Criminology and Criminal Justice
MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice
The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University prepares students for professional and research careers in criminal justice, criminology and related fields by applying multidisciplinary and comparative social science to understand, predict and explain crime and contribute to the development of public policy within urban communities. Using an active learning approach, the School seeks to develop its students intellectually and ethically, while providing them with a keen appreciation for the complexities of crime and public and private efforts to make communities safer and to ensure justice. The School offers a Master of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a PhD degree in Criminology and Justice Policy.
PhD in Criminology and Justice Policy
The doctoral program in Criminology and Justice Policy prepares students for academic careers as well as careers in research and policy development. The program is small and student-centered with the goal of graduating students for academic and policy placements. For full-time students it is expected that students entering the program with a bachelor’s degree will be able to complete the program in five to six years, and students entering with a master’s degree will be able to complete the program in four years.
In keeping with Northeastern’s long-standing, practice-oriented approach to education, the PhD in Criminology and Justice Policy includes two practicum courses. All students will be required to participate in a research practicum that will further prepare students
to successfully complete their dissertation research. In addition, each student will choose between a teaching practicum and a policy practicum. Those students interested in pursuing academic careers will participate in a teaching practicum; students who are interested in research or policy careers will participate in a policy practicum that may be located off campus or at one of the School’s research institutes.
MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice
The Master’s program is comprised of five required courses and two labs encompassing
both substantive and technical skills. Additionally, students choose five elective graduate courses from offerings within the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. The course offerings afford students the flexibility to customize their own programs, which may include an Internship, Directed Study, or Master’s Thesis.
All candidates for the Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice degree must successfully complete a minimum of thirty-two semester hours of credit in course work.Full-time study allows for the completion of course work within an eighteen month period. To complete program requirements within this time-frame, full-time students must devote a substantial portion of their time outside of the classroom to academic study. Students who elect part-time study may carry a maximum of two courses per semester, one of which must be a core course. Close consultation with the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies can help the part-time student determine a workable sequence of courses and the number of credits to be carried each semester.
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Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid Description: Yes, all students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance when they apply for admission. Please speak to an Enrollment Advisor for more information.
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Loans Offered: All students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance when they apply for admission. Federal, state, University scholarship programs, and payment options are available.
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