Bachelor of Arts in Crime and Justice Studies


The Crime & Justice Studies (CJS) program brings together the fields of criminology, criminal justice, and justice studies. Bridging the social sciences and humanities, CJS specializes in the study of the criminal justice system's history, policies, politics, and procedures.

Bachelor of Arts in Crime and Justice Studies | UMass Dartmouth

Our multidisciplinary program meets the needs of students interested in entering the fields of law enforcement, the courts, corrections, probation, parole, social services, youth services, public policy, research, non-profit, and non-governmental or community organizations.
All students are required to complete a internship to explore career options, gain real-world experience, network, and develop professional skills.

Students pursuing the BA in Crime & Justice Studies:

  • develop comprehensive perspectives on the various and, at times, conflicting expectations that exist within the institutions and agencies that comprise and work with the criminal justice system
  • engage in cross-agency dialogues within the classroom before they enter the workforce
  • learn to identify and analyze structural, institutional, and transnational violence
  • gain knowledge and skills toward understanding and transforming injustice
  • prepare themselves to contribute to the improvement of their communities and society

Our graduates have careers in law enforcement, courts, corrections, public administration, law, social services, youth services, nonprofit or non-governmental agencies, and community organizations. A growing number of CJS graduates have gone on to complete graduate degrees in law, master's, and various doctoral programs.

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Registration is administered through Online & Continuing Education at UMass Dartmouth. Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee
College Fee
Online Technology Fee per course
Library Access Fee
Registration Fee (per semester)
Total for a three credit course*

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* Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard 3 credit course



The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). And the Charlton College of Business at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is accredited by AACSB International.

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Undergraduate degree applicants

  1. Complete and submit your application: online
  2. Submit $30 non-refundable application fee:
    • Online application, we accept MasterCard or Visa.
  3. Submit official transcripts of all previous college or university courses for which you enrolled.

Students with fewer than 13 college credits will be required to:

  • Have your high school transcript sent to UMass Dartmouth.
  • Have your official SAT or ACT scores sent to UMass Dartmouth.
  • Send a personal statement of up to 500 words that demonstrates qualities of leadership, community service, work experiences and/or other significant interests.
Plan of Study: 

Students must complete the following required courses:

  •  Introduction to Crime and Justice Studies
  • Justice and Society
  • Criminological Theory
  • Contemporary Topics in Justice

Additionally, students complete Crime and Justice Studies electives, upper-level electives from at least 2 different disciplines, and an internship.

Financial Aid: 

Your UMass Dartmouth education is an investment in your future. There are a number of ways to finance your education including grants, scholarships, and loans. Your workplace may offer reimbursement for education if you check with the Human Resources Department where you work.

To be eligible for grants and loans, students must be enrolled in a degree or certificate program, and be taking at least 6 credits per semester.

FAFSA application

You must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to receive UMassD need-based education loans and grants. You must be enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program, and taking at least 6 credits per semester. 

By submitting your completed FAFSA, you may be eligible for a number of need-based grants or loans. Learn more about need-based aid

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Criminal Justice and Legal
Liberal Arts and Humanities