Criminology and Criminal Justice Master’s Degree: Why Merrimack College?

Our criminal justice master’s degree stands out for its flexible scheduling and comprehensive, practical approach to the study of crime and justice. Choose Merrimack if you seek:

Robust professional development.

Whether you’re just entering the workforce or seeking career advancement, our master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice equips you with marketable skills that employers prioritize. You’ll become proficient in research, data analysis, program evaluation, and oral and written presentation, with the ability to collaborate on interdisciplinary teams and serve diverse, multicultural communities. You’ll complete a capstone project that showcases your ability and lets you build specialized knowledge in criminology and criminal justice.

Real-world experience.

Merrimack’s criminology and criminal justice master’s program offers multiple ways to gain hands-on experience, including internship and fellowship opportunities. Our competitive, highly sought fellowships provide a year-long placement in a criminal justice agency or organization, along with a 100% tuition discount.

Interdisciplinary, innovative coursework.

Our criminology and criminal justice master’s degree places the subject matter within a broad societal framework. You’ll acquire the tools to advocate for social justice and criminal justice reform while understanding the economic and socio-cultural forces that affect crime trends and criminal behavior.

Outstanding faculty.

At Merrimack you’ll learn from veteran criminal justice practitioners, policy experts and academics who are on the forefront of research in criminology and criminal justice. Our small class sizes and supportive culture guarantee that you’ll interact closely with and receive individual attention from your instructors.

Career connections.

The Winston School of Education and Social Policy maintains active community partnerships with law enforcement agencies and nonprofit criminal justice organizations throughout Greater Boston. You’ll have opportunities to build your network by interacting with professionals in law enforcement, social services, community development, education and other fields related to criminology and criminal justice.

Police academy certification.

Interested in becoming a police officer? The one-of-a-kind Merrimack College Police Academy program combines the M.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice with police academy training. In just one year, you’ll graduate with police academy certification and a master’s degree to jumpstart your career in law enforcement.