Criminal Justice, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • English (schedule IELTS)
    Language
University rank #193 (WUR) Online
Criminal justice and security agencies are under increased scrutiny—challenged to provide efficient and effective services, be transparent in their interactions with the public, and respond to changing local, national, and world conditions.

About

Criminal justice and security agencies are under increased scrutinyâ€â€challenged to provide efficient and effective services, be transparent in their interactions with the public, and respond to changing local, national, and world conditions. To be successful, justice system leaders need to think strategically, communicate locally, and act ethically while developing comprehensive (and often multi-jurisdictional) solutions to crime and terrorism problems.

In response, Northeastern University's College of Professional Studiesâ€â€in collaboration with the School of Criminology and Criminal Justiceâ€â€offers the Master of Science in Criminal Justice. This innovative online master's degree provides a path to excellence for leaders in law enforcement, courts, private security, and corrections organizations. Academically distinctive, graduate courses in this program emphasize leadership, communication, and ethicsâ€â€themes that are designed to enhance your leadership capacity and improve your career prospects.

Program Objectives
  • Gain a better understanding of the increasingly complex criminal justice environment
  • Understand the short- and long-term benefits of ethical decision making
  • Identify and apply leadership theories and practices that contribute to the commitment of an effective, efficient, and equitable administration of public safety
  • Build a personal model of leadership that can be put into action in the workplace
  • Evaluate major substantive topics and criminal behavior trends, including street violence, gangs, guns, drugs, human trafficking, terrorism, and cyber crime
  • Examine current and emerging anticrime strategies such as community policing, intelligence-led policing, and multijurisdictional intelligence fusion operations.
  • Discover how technology can be utilized to prevent and respond to criminal activity

Accreditation


Programme Structure

Foundation Courses
  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice Policy
  • Administration of Justice
  • Criminological Theory for Criminal Justice Leaders
  • Legal Decision Making and Leadership
  • Criminal Justice Capstone
Operations Courses
  • Research Methods
  • Program Evaluations
  • GIS, Evidence-Based Learning, and Policy
  • Crisis Communication

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Entry Terms: Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 12 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    45 Credits alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS
  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official undergraduate degree documentation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    30195 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30195 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National Applies to you

    30195 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30195 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Funding

Many students, both full- and part-time, will qualify for some form of financial aid or scholarships. We encourage all students who apply for admission to seek out these opportunities. We hope to assist you in reaching your goals to become a student at Northeastern University.

Bunker Hill Community College Scholarship

The Bunker Hill Community College Scholarship is a scholarship opportunity for associate degree graduates from Bunker Hill Community College who are seeking to complete their bachelor’s degree at the College of Professional Studies (CPS) at Northeastern University.

Community College Technology & Engineering Scholarship

The Community College Technology & Engineering Scholarship was created to support bachelor’s degree-seeking students who intend to pursue an engineering and/or technology program that aligns with today’s industry needs.

Fast Track Your Education Scholarship

The Fast Track Your Education Scholarship is an opportunity for students who have been in the workforce for five or more years, have an associate degree or an equivalent of 60 semester hours (or 80 quarter hours) of transferrable credits, and are seeking to complete their bachelor’s degree in a fast-track format at the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University.

Global Excellence Scholarship

The Global Excellence Scholarship was created to support students interested in global peer-to-peer learning by engaging with students from countries around the globe in the Bachelor of Science in Leadership – Global Classroom or the Bachelor of Science in Finance & Accounting Management – Global Classroom degree completion program.

Mass Bay Community College Scholarship

The Mass Bay Community College Scholarship is a scholarship opportunity for associate degree graduates from Mass Bay Community College who are seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at the College of Professional Studies (CPS) at Northeastern University.

Professional Information Technology Scholarship

The Professional Information Technology Scholarship was created to support bachelor’s degree-seeking students who intend to complete their degree in Information Technology and are currently working or seeking a career in the field.

Roxbury Community College Scholarship

The Roxbury Community College Scholarship is a scholarship opportunity for associate degree graduates from Roxbury Community College who are seeking to complete their bachelor’s degree at the College of Professional Studies (CPS) at Northeastern University.

Urban Education Community College Scholarship

The Urban Education Community College Scholarship was created to support bachelor’s degree-seeking students who intend to become teachers in urban schools.

Working Professionals Education Advancement Scholarship

The Working Professionals Education Advancement Scholarship is a scholarship opportunity for professionals who have been in the workforce for 10 or more years and are seeking to complete their bachelor’s degree at the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University.

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