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Criminology and Criminal Justice

The Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice is ideal if you are looking to pursue a career in one of the many paths open to criminal justice practitioners or if you are looking to advance professionally in your current career.

The 32-credit curriculum is tailored to meet the increasingly complex demands of the criminal justice workplace. A combination of online and on-campus courses are offered to enhance flexibility for our students. Students are also given opportunities to participate in field placements in professional criminal justice agencies and organizations.


Graduate internships are an important component of our program, offering outstanding field experience to build your resume, skills and networking opportunities. A limited number of graduate internships are available, both paid and unpaid. If you are interested, please complete and submit this application.

  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO)
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • General Electric Corporate Security
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Children and Families (DCF)
  • Youth Villages (Mental Health Care)
  • Woburn, MA Police Department 
  • Weston, MA Police Department 
  • Merrimack College Police Department
  • Essex County Sheriff’s Department, Essex County Correctional Facility
  • Lawrence, MA Police Department 
  • Genesis Club (Mental Health Care)
More than 25% of our Spring 2017 graduating class made academic presentations at the Annual Conference of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in Kansas City, Missouri in March.

Sampling of courses:

  • Juvenile Justice and the Legal Rights of Children
  • Police, Courts, and Corrections
  • Public Policy, Crime, and Criminal Justice
  • Offender Reentry and Reintegration
  • Prison, Incarceration, and the Treatment of Convicted Persons
  • Girls, Women, Crime and Control
  • Applied Multivariate Data Analysis
  • Advanced Research Methods and Evaluation
  • Intelligence Analysis in the Information Sharing Environment (ISE)
  • Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in the Era of Homeland Security
  • Cybercrime and Cyber-criminology
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Social Control

The MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice equips current and future criminal justice practitioners, leaders, researchers, and educators with the academic and applied expertise to confront the increasing complexities of issues related to crime, security, technology, and social justice.

Thomas Nolan, ED.D., Associate Professor CriminologyMeet The Program Director, Criminology and Criminal Justice

Tom Nolan, Ed.D.
Associate Professor and Program Director

A former senior policy analyst in the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, DC, as well as a 27-year veteran (and former lieutenant) of the Boston Police Department, Tom Nolan is consulted regularly by local, national, and international media outlets for his expertise in policing and civil rights and civil liberties issues, police practices and procedures, the police subculture, and crime trends and criminal behavior. Dr. Nolan’s scholarly publications are in the areas of gender roles in policing, the police subculture, and the influence of the popular culture on criminal justice processes. Tom writes regularly for the American Constitution Society in Washington, DC as well as The Daily Beast.  See Tom’s published works and interviews.

Program Brochure

Contact Information

For questions about the program, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at or 978-837-3563.

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