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

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice | 100% Online | UMass Lowell

Named one of the best programs in the country, UMass Lowell's master's degree in Criminal Justice program has a long history of producing dedicated, well-rounded students who are in top demand by federal, state and local agencies.

Program Highlights:

  • Ranked #2 Best Online Master's in Criminal Justice in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • No GRE Required
  • World-Renowned Faculty in Areas Such as Terrorism Studies, Criminology, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Transnational Crime
  • Earn Your Master's Degree in as Little as 18 Months

Advance Your Career

The online criminal justice degree features integrated, academically rigorous and empirically oriented criminal justice courses, and 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 currently working in the criminal justice system and are seeking to specialize and/or work in some other area of the system
  • are currently working in the criminal justice system or soon will be and are looking to obtain the training and expertise necessary for teaching criminal justice courses

This program also meets the needs of students preparing for doctoral work in criminal justice or related fields.

Learn More About This Program:

Sample a Course

Visit UMass Lowell's Master of Arts in Criminal Justice webpage for more information.

Type of Fee Amount
Fee Per Credit $585
Registration Fee Per Semester $30
Returned Check Fee Per Semester* $30
Graduate Application Fee $50
Late Fee for Nonpayment $50
Total for Course** $1,785 ($585 x 3 credits = $1,755 + $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 registration information, visit UMass Lowell's website.


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


Applications to the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice are accepted and processed year-round. To be considered for admission to this program, applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education, with a final cumulative GPA of at least 2.8. A wide variety of undergraduate degree programs qualify as an appropriate foundation for this master's degree, particularly those in the behavioral and social sciences such as political science, sociology, criminal justice, psychology, history, international relations and many others.

Financial Aid: 

Availability of financial aid varies depending on matriculation and course status. Please contact the Solution Center at 978-934-2000 or TSC@uml.edu to determine eligibility.