Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

About: 

Develop the professional skills necessary to assume leadership positions in the administration of criminal justice agencies with the Online Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from UMass Lowell.

Named one of the best in the country, The University of Massachusetts Lowell Master's Degree in Criminal Justice was established in 1984 and has had a long history of producing dedicated, well rounded students who are in top demand by federal, state and local agencies.

The online criminal justice degree features integrated, academically rigorous, and empirically - oriented criminal justice courses. The online criminal justice master's degree program serves students who:

  • seek a master's degree as a prerequisite for entry into the criminal justice field;
  • are currently in service in the criminal justice system and wish to broaden their skills by obtaining job related knowledge and expertise;
  • are in the criminal justice system seeking to specialize and/or work in some other area of the system;
  • are in the system or pre-service and wish to obtain the training and expertise necessary for teaching criminal justice courses.

In addition, the program will meet the needs of students preparing for doctoral work in criminal justice or related fields.

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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RESIDENTS OF ARKANSAS, KANSAS AND MINNESOTA
The University of Massachusetts Lowell is not presently accepting applications or registrations for online courses, degrees or certificate programs from residents of Arkansas, Kansas or Minnesota. Due to recent legislative changes the University of Massachusetts Lowell is not seeking state authorization to offer online programs in those states. State and federal laws require colleges and universities to receive state authorization to offer online programs in states other than their own. Current UML students that move their residence to one of these states should contact Catherine_Hamilton@uml.edu in Online and Continuing Education to determine their eligibility to continue their program of study.

 

Tuition/Fees: 

New students register for courses using UMass Lowell's New Student Registration Form. Follow the instructions for registering included on the form. Current students register for their courses online by logging into the secure Student Information System (SIS).

Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Fee per credit $575
Registration Fee per semester $30
Returned Check Fee per semester* $30
Late Fee for Non Payment $50
Total for course** $1755 (575x3crds. = 1725 + 30 registration fee per sem.)

 

For more information on the Master's Degree in Criminal Justice, visit UMass Lowell's Division of Online and Continuing Education Program Information Page

*Applicable when checks returned unpaid.

**Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard 3 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 978.934.2550.

Accreditation: 

The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Did you know?

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

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell’s B.S. in Information Technology Ranked Among Top Affordable Online IT Degrees by Get Educated in 2011
  • UMass Ranked Among Top 10 Best Colleges in Online Education in Communication & Public Relations Degrees, 2011 by The Best Colleges
  • UMass ranks 19th highest-rated university in the world by the Times of London.
  • UMass ranked 56th in the Times of London’s Top 200
  • UMassOnline, UMass Boston President’s Special Achievement Award, Valerie C. Haven, Sloan-C 2010 Awards
  • University of Massachusetts Ranked Among Top 28 Best Value in Online Education for Human Services & Psychology Professionals, 2009 by Get Educated
  • Ranked Top 10 Online Degrees Colleges- September 2009 (Online Degree Reviews.com)
  • UMassOnline Awarded Public Sector of the Year by Mass Technology Leadership Council , 2008
  • Most Outstanding Online Teaching and Learning Program, UMass Lowell’s Online Graduate Behavioral Intervention in Autism Program, Sloan Consortium Excellence Awards, 2008
  • ‘Excellence in Online Teaching’ Award, Dr. Jeannette E. Riley, Sloan Consortium Excellence Awards, 2008
  • 21st Century Best Practices Award, United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
  • Program of Excellence, University Continuing Education Association (UCEA)-Journalism Certificate
  • Excellence in Faculty Development, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Programming, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Teaching, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • UMass Amherst Isenberg MBA, Top 10 national rankings, #4 Best Professors (2005, 2006, 2007 Princeton Review: Best Business Schools rankings)
  • 4th in Primary Care Education, U.S. World Reports
  • Excellence in Distance Teaching Education - United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 
Admissions: 

Admission is competitive - Apply early!

1.  Read application form instructions carefully and complete form. Click here for the application (online or pdf format).

2.  On a separate sheet of paper, submit a brief, carefully worded statement indicating your immediate and long-range goals, relevant work history, academic honors/awards received, any teaching experience and/or research conducted/published that may be pertinent to your graduate program. [two-page maximum recommended]

3. Download this form and make three (3) copies of it. You are required to send three (3) letters of recommendation. They should be from instructors who have taught you, ideally in the field to which you are applying. Recommendations may also be from employers or supervisors who are in a position to compare your performance to that of your peers. Recommendation letters should be signed & sealed in envelopes by the referees and mailed to the Graduate School Admissions Office, UMass Lowell, with the other application materials.

4. Provide a complete and official transcript with appropriate degrees awarded in a sealed envelope. Include transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended. These should be sent in sealed & signed envelopes. If you received your degree from UMass Lowell, it is not necessary for you to request a transcript from the UMass Lowell Registrar's Office.

5. Request that the appropriate agency send an official test score report for the GRE, GMAT or MAT. Educational Testing Service does not release GRE scores which are more than five years old. Photocopies or your own personal score (examinees) report will not be accepted.

6. If you are applying for Financial Aid, please fill out the FAFSA form at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

For additional information on the application process for UMass Lowell's Online Graduate degrees and certificates, visit http://www.uml.edu/grad/.

Submit all required items to:

University of Massachusetts Lowell
Office of Graduate Admissions
Cumnock Hall, Suite 110
One University Avenue
Lowell, MA 01854-5130

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.

Contact:

For more information or if you have additional questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (978) 934-4220 or email financialaidquestions@uml.edu.

Request Information

Contact: 
UMass Lowell Online & Continuing Education
Phone: 
1-800-480-3190
Campus: 
Lowell
Level: 
Graduate
Type: 
Master's Degree
Credits: 
33
Tuition Per Credit: 
$575
Format: 
Online
Subject: 
Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice / Sociology
Criminal Justice/Homeland Security
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