School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Northeastern University

School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Northeastern University


Graduate Studies in Criminology at Northeastern University

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University prepares students for professional and research careers in criminal justice, criminology and related fields by applying multidisciplinary and comparative social science to understand, predict and explain crime and contribute to the development of public policy within urban communities. Using an active learning approach, the School seeks to develop its students intellectually and ethically, while providing them with a keen appreciation for the complexities of crime and public and private efforts to make communities safer and to ensure justice. The School offers a Master of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a PhD degree in Criminology and Justice Policy.

PhD in Criminology and Justice Policy

The doctoral program in Criminology and Justice Policy prepares students for academic careers as well as careers in research and policy development. The program is small and student-centered with the goal of graduating students for academic and policy placements. For full-time students it is expected that students entering the program with a bachelor's degree will be able to complete the program in 5 to 6 years, and students entering with a master's degree will be able to complete the program in 4 years.

In keeping with Northeastern's long-standing, practice-oriented approach to education, the PhD in Criminology and Justice Policy includes two practicum courses. All students will be required to participate in a research practicum that will further prepare students to successfully complete their dissertation research. In addition, each student will choose between a teaching practicum and a policy practicum. Those students interested in pursuing academic careers will participate in a teaching practicum; students who are interested in research or policy careers will participate in a policy practicum that may be located off campus or at one of the School's research institutes.

MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice

The Master's program is comprised of 5 required courses and two labs encompassing both substantive and technical skills. Additionally, students choose five elective graduate courses from offerings within the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. The course offerings afford students the flexibility to customize their own programs, which may include an Internship, Directed Study, or Master's Thesis.

All candidates for the Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice degree must successfully complete a minimum of thirty-two semester hours of credit in course work. Full-time study allows for the completion of course work within an eighteen month period. To complete program requirements within this time-frame, full-time students must devote a substantial portion of their time outside of the classroom to academic study. Students who elect part-time study may carry a maximum of two courses per semester, one of which must be a core course. Close consultation with the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies can help the part-time student determine a workable sequence of courses and the number of credits to be carried each semester.

More Information: School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Location & Contact

Contact Info
Dr. Chester Britt, III
Phone: 617-373-2813

Contact Info
Dr. Natasha Frost
Associate Dean
Phone: 617-373-2813


Entrance Requirements:
For Master&Apos;S And Doctorate, GRE General Test. Additional Exam Requirements/Recommendations For International Students: Required&Mdash;TOEFL.
Application Deadline:
For Fall Admission, 3/1 For Domestic Students; For Spring Admission, 10/1 For Domestic Students. Applications Are Processed On A Rolling Basis.
Application Fee:
Student Statistics:
108 Applicants, 63% Accepted, 29 Enrolled.

Student Body

Student Population:
77 Full-Time, 14 Part-Time; Includes 9 Minority (7 African Americans, 1 American Indian/Alaskan Native, 1 Asian American Or Pacific Islander), 10 International.


17 Full-Time, 11 Part-Time/Adjunct.


Faculty Research:
Juvenile Justice, Victimology, Serial And Mass Murder, Private Security, Criminology Corrections, Race And Crime.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid:
In 2011&Ndash;12, 2 Research Assistantships With Full And Partial Tuition Reimbursements, 13 Teaching Assistantships With Full Tuition Reimbursements (Averaging $13,654 Per Year) Were Awarded; Career-Related Internships Or Fieldwork, Federal Work-Study, And Institutionally Sponsored Loans Also Available. Support Available To Part-Time Students. Financial Award Application Deadline: 3/31; Financial Award Applicants Required To Submit FAFSA.

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