UMass Lowell's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice features a strong concentration of criminal justice courses combined with a traditional, well-rounded liberal arts education. The program equips students for careers focused on keeping people, neighborhoods and nations safe by enabling them to explore timely issues including violence and victims, justice-involved mental health populations, police innovations, national security and data-driven practice.

Providing a balanced presentation of current topics in the field, the curriculum includes a diverse selection of courses that cover areas such as criminal law, corrections, policing, criminology, emergency management, homeland security, terrorism, hate crime, criminal profiling, victimology and violence.

UMass Lowell's School of Criminology and Justice Studies prides itself on excellence in scholarship, and is equally committed to using its knowledge to address real-world problems. Faculty members are leaders in conducting large-scale national research projects and in working collaboratively with communities and agencies throughout the region to assist with strategic problem solving, crime analysis, evaluation research and policy analysis.

Program Highlights: 

  • 100% online
  • Ranked as a top online bachelor's program by U.S. News & World Report
  • One of the most affordable tutions in the nation
  • Transfer in up to 90 credits
  • Online students receive the same UMass Lowell degree and diploma as on-campus students

Learn More About This Program:

For more information, visit UMass Lowell's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice webpage.

Type of Fee Amount
Fee Per Credit $380
Registration Fee Per Semester $30
Returned Check Fee Per Semester* $30
Late Fee for Nonpayment $50
Undergraduate 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 registration information, visit UMass Lowell's website.


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


Admission is open to students who have earned a high school diploma or a GED. UMass Lowell's online programs operate on a rolling admissions basis. There is no application deadline, and each application is reviewed as soon as all application materials are received.

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.