Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

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New! Available entirely online or as a mix of on campus and online courses!

UMass Lowell's Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice offers a strong concentration in professional courses while simultaneously assuring the student a traditional, well-rounded liberal arts education. Students typically take from 36 to 48 credits of professional courses.

In addition, students majoring in Criminal Justice will fulfill a professional skills requirement. This consists of either attaining intermediate proficiency in a modern foreign language or completing four statistics/information technology/data analysis related courses. Students can pursue the degree entirely online, or as a combination of online and on campus courses. Refer to the web course listing each semester to check the availability of on campus and online courses.

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Contact our Student Support Center at (978) 934-2474 or email if you have questions or need assistance with course selection.

Curriculum Outline

Minimum Credits: 120

Note: A 2.2 cumulative average overall and a 2.5 average in the major are necessary for graduation. CJ Majors need a minimum of 36 CJ credits and cannot exceed 60 CJ credits.

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  1. CRIM.1010 The Criminal Justice System (3cr) - Available Spring 2016!
  2. CRIM.1410 Introduction to Policing (3cr) - Available Spring 2016!
  3. CRIM.1510 Introduction to Corrections (3cr) - Available Spring 2016!
  4. CRIM.2210 Criminology (3cr) - Available Spring 2016!
  5. CRIM.2340 Criminal Law (3cr) - Available Spring 2016!
  6. CRIM.3900 Criminal Justice Research Methods (3cr) - Available Spring 2016!

List of Criminal Justice Elective Courses:

  1. CRIM.1150 Introduction to Homeland Security (3cr) - Available Spring 2016!
  2. CRIM.2030 Technology and the Criminal Justice System (3cr) - Available Spring 2016!
  3. CRIM.2130 Emergency Management (3cr)
  4. CRIM.2430 Criminalistics I (3cr)
  5. CRIM.2440 Criminalistics II (3cr)
  6. CRIM.2480 Terrorism (3cr) - Available Spring 2016!
  7. CRIM.2610 Juvenile Delinquency (3cr)
  8. CRIM.3120 Security Management (3cr)
  9. 44.321 Advanced Criminology (3cr)
  10. CRIM.3270 Violence in America (3cr) - Available Spring 2016!
  11. 44.331 Penal Law (3cr)
  12. 44.335 Juvenile Justice (3cr)
  13. CRIM.3410 International Perspectives on Crime and Crime Control (3cr)
  14. CRIM.3420 Criminal Profiling (3cr) - Available Spring 2016!
  15. CRIM.3470 Police Innovations (3cr) - Available Spring 2016!
  16. CRIM.3510 Community-Based Corrections (3cr)
  17. 44.354 Probation and Parole (3cr)
  18. CRIM.3600 Gender, Race and Crime (3cr) - Available Spring 2016!
  19. CRIM.3700 Criminal Justice Management (3cr)
  20. 44.371 Criminal Justice Planning (3cr)
  21. CRIM.3730 Issues in Police Administration (3cr)
  22. CRIM.3800 Selected Topics in Criminal Justice (3cr) - Available Spring 2016!
  23. CRIM.3870 Criminal Mind and Behavior (3cr) - Available Spring 2016!
  24. CRIM.3950 Statistics in Criminal Justice (3cr) - Available Spring 2016!
  25. CRIM.3980 Criminal Justice Data Analysis (3cr) - Available Spring 2016!
  26. CRIM.4010 Substance Abuse and Crime (3cr) - Available Spring 2016!
  27. CRIM.4220 Victimology (3cr) - Available Spring 2016!
  28. CRIM.4770 Intimate Partner Violence (3cr) - Available Spring 2016!
  29. CRIM.4780 Child Maltreatment (3cr) - Available Spring 2016!
  30. CRIM.4900 Criminal Justice Honors Seminar (3cr)

The above list is partial and subject to change. Search our current course listing at the top of the page by keyword "44." for the most up-to-date list of online Criminal Justice courses (courses with the 44. prefix).

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is open to individuals who have at minimum earned their high school diploma or who have successfully completed the GED test or the High School Equivalency Testing Program.

How to Apply

To apply into this program, please complete our Online Application Form or print and complete our pdf Application Form.

Transfer Credits / Credit for Prior Learning

Have you taken credit courses at another accredited college or university in the past? You may be able to count those courses towards your degree at UMass Lowell. Please review our transfer credit policy and email our advisors at for additional details.

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The Benefits of Learning Online with UMass Lowell

The University has built a solid reputation by offering one of the largest selections of online programs available through a traditional university. Courses are taught by full-time faculty who are experts in their fields, and by adjunct faculty who, as practicing professionals, bring real-world experience to the online class discussions.

At UMass Lowell, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, affordable online programs that make earning your degree or certificate more convenient than ever before. Our students have access to online course technical support 24X7, and our academic advisors and program coordinators are happy to help you with your questions.

Having the courses online gave me the opportunity to study at the time of my choosing, no matter how early or late I wanted to interact. --  L.B. Hall, Online Student

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