Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

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

Questions About this Program?

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. 44.101 The Criminal Justice System (3cr) - Available Fall 2015!
  2. 44.141 Introduction to Policing (3cr) - Available Fall 2015!
  3. 44.151 Introduction to Corrections (3cr) - Available Fall 2015!
  4. 44.221 Criminology (3cr) - Available Fall 2015!
  5. 44.234 Criminal Law (3cr) - Available Fall 2015!
  6. 44.390 Criminal Justice Research Methods (3cr)

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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Approximately 2 months prior to the start of each semester, Online and Continuing Education posts the new course schedule to the website. Once you've decided which course(s) you would like to take, returning students can register using ISIS self-service, while new students must use the Non Degree Registration Form.

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Email our Student Support Center for assistance, or call for advising at (800) 480-3190 and press 1 to speak with an advisor. See links at the bottom of this page for technical assistance with your online course.

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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