Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice


The University of Massachusetts Lowell has long been recognized as a leader in criminal justice education. The University is pleased to announce that its popular Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice is now available entirely online.

UMass Lowell's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice provides students with a strong understanding of the modern criminal justice system, and teaches students how to apply this knowledge to related social problems and situations. Not only does the curriculum include emerging topics such as police innovations, data-driven practices, and national security but it also helps students further develop their communication skills, their capacity for critical thinking, and their ability to conceptualize ideas.

Courses are available throughout the year, during the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. You can take one course each semester or several, depending upon your own personal time constraints.

Program Highlights:

  • Ranked One of the Best Online Criminal Justice Programs by 
  • Ranked Best Online Bachelor's Criminal Justice Programs by 
  • Ranked as a Top Online Bachelor's Program by U.S. News & World Report
  • 100% Online
  • Top-notch Faculty

Learn more about this program:

To receive more information and connect with the program manager, please click on inquire now to the right.

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New students register for courses using UMass Lowell's Non-Degree Registration Form. Current students register for their courses online by logging into the secure Student Information System (SIS).

When students first register for courses, a UMass Lowell student account is automatically generated and an email is sent to the students' personal email address, which they provide when they first register using the Non-Degree Registration Form. Students use this account information to log in to the UMass Lowell student information system, SIS. Within SIS, students are able to review their course schedules, check their bills, and sign up for future courses.

Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Fee Per Credit $380
Registration Fee Per Semester $30
Returned Check Fee Per Semester* $30
Late Fee for Non-payment $50
Undergrad Degree Application Fee $60
Total for Course**

$1,170 ($380 x 3 credits = $1,140 + $30 registration fee per semester)

*Applicable when check is returned unpaid.

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

For additional registration information, visit UMass Lowell's Division of Online and Continuing Education website. Registration is administered through UMass Lowell's Registrar's Office. If you have questions regarding registration, please contact the Registrar's Office at 800-480-3190.

Note: Paper bills are not sent to students' home address. Students can access their bills when they log in to their UMass Lowell SIS student account.


The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

Did you know?

University of Massachusetts has earned many awards for its distance learning programs, faculty, and technology including:

  • Ranked One of the Best Online Criminal Justice Programs by 
  • Ranked Best Online Bachelor's Criminal Justice Program by 
  • Ranked as a Top Online Bachelor's Program by U.S. News & World Report
  • 21st Century Best Practices Award, United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
  • Excellence in Faculty Development, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Programming, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Teaching, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Distance Teaching Education, United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 

Admission is open to students who have earned a high school diploma or GED. UMass Lowell's Online and Continuing Education programs operate on a rolling admissions basis. There is no application deadline, and each application is reviewed when the student's file is complete (i.e. once UMass Lowell has received your completed application and your official transcripts). Students must be admitted to an eligible degree or certificate program in order to be considered for most financial aid.

It's easy to apply:

1) Apply Online or complete and submit the Degree Program Application Form (pdf).

2) Contact the high school or colleges where you took courses and ask them to send official transcripts directly to:

University of Massachusetts Lowell
Division of Online & Continuing Education
OCE Admissions - Southwick Hall, Rm 203
1 University Avenue
Lowell, MA, 01854

Note: Students who have attended schools outside of the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by the World Education Services (WES).

After you apply, you will receive a confirmation email.

Once your application and all transcripts have been received, you will receive an admissions decision. Call 800-480-3190 to speak with a UMass Lowell academic advisor.

Financial Aid: 

Availability of financial aid varies depending on matriculation and course status. Please check with UMass Lowell's Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility.

For more information or if you have additional questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 978-934-4220 or

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Bachelor's Degree
Tuition Per Credit: 
Criminal Justice and Legal