Criminal Justice Programs in Massachusetts

We found 110 Massachusetts criminal justice programs in our online database.

There are a total of 101 schools offering a Bachelors degree at some level with a little over a quarter of those offering an Associate has Degree. Masters and Doctorate programs are also available, not to mention online Criminal Justice Programs. We encourage our users to check out the different schools and understand the level of criminology degree required for your current position.

SchoolLevelProgramAdmissions

Michigan State University

MasterMaster of Science in Criminal JusticeWebsite

Utica College

BachelorBS in Criminal JusticeWebsite

Aurora University

BachelorBA in Criminal JusticeWebsite

Campbellsville University

AssociateAS in Criminal Justice AdministrationWebsite

Lewis University

MasterMS in Criminal/Social JusticeWebsite

Point University

BachelorBachelor of Science in Criminal JusticeWebsite

Saint Joseph's University

MasterMS in Criminal JusticeWebsite

View more online criminal justice programs currently accepting applications.

When you think of Massachusetts the first city that typically comes to mind is Boston. It is not a surprise that their most well known city is also the largest in the group of New England states by nearly 500,000 in population size (source). Off of those same statistics, Boston is followed by Springfield (153k roughly), Lowell (106k roughly), and Cambridge (105k roughly) when looking at the populations of the larger Massachusetts cities.

According to the Massachusetts state police page, their division is split into two main sections with the first (called the Standards section) including Internal Affairs, Certification Unit, Harassment Investigation, and Staff Inspections. The second section (called the Training section) is comprised of the State Police academy located in New Braintree, MA. While the academy offers a variety of training programs, you will want to learn more about the different schools offering criminal justice degrees at a variety of different levels.

Here is a greater understanding of what the state of Massachusetts looks like from a demographics perspective based on census data:

  • 2013 population estimate: 6.69 million
  • Persons under the age of 18 years old: 20.8 percent
  • Persons with high school graduate level or higher: 89.1 percent
  • Persons with a bachelor has degree level or higher: 39 percent

Massachusetts has over 350 law enforcement agencies that employ over 18,000 sworn police officers which is a sizable number of officers per person in the population. source

What to Expect in A Criminal Justice Degree

Just like any other degree, criminal justice students will need to decide whether they take classes online or at a brick and mortar location, or at a non-profit institution versus a for-profit school.

One of the main things that most criminal justice degrees look at are statistics behind criminal activity and the nature behind it. At the University of Massachusetts Boston, their criminal justice program actually requires an internship that will allow students to apply those theories to real life situations. A lot of the programs you will find should have detailed curriculum behind them along with requirements so do the due diligence when selecting a program.

Massachusetts Criminal Justice Organizations

We mentioned a few of the larger cities located in Massachusetts but it was only a drop in the bucket for all of the cities located there. With all of these cities come a ton of different city police and criminal justice organizations that you should become familiar with. They can be informational and helpful while also giving you potential to work or intern there as well. Here are a few of the Massachusetts criminology organizations that we found:

Selecting a criminal justice program is an important decision and each state has it’s own unique requirements. We encourage you to reach out to the members of these groups to gain further insights that can’t always be conveyed through text. You might also gain a potential future job contact that could be utilized in helping you gain employment after attaining that criminal justice degree. When you’re trying to network and make a decision that could effect the rest of your life, don’t be hesitant to be bold in reaching out to people in organizations like these.

Massachusetts Criminal Justice Careers

Trying to define a criminal justice career by the state the career resides in is a challenge. Large metropolitan cities can offer careers ranging from bike patrol to TSA agencies at the different state airports. Massachusetts has this variety in their landscapes along with constantly changing laws. As an example, Massachusetts made key changes to their gun laws which are key for police officers and law enforcement to stay informed on. While a police officer is a career most immedately think about, be sure to look into some of the lesser known careers in law enforcement like homeland security and hazard mitigation.

Criminal Justice Jobs in Massachusetts

We try to always supply a complete picture of what the criminal justice industry looks like in each of the states we review and that includes the number of agencies in the state. Massachusetts sees a large number of agencies (many residing in Boston) which include:

  • 5 State Agencies
  • 14 County Agencies
  • 35 City Agencies
  • 140+ Town Agencies
  • 25 College and University Agencies
  • 15 Other Agencies (includes agencies like City Hall Security, Massachusetts Port Authority, Boston Park Rangers)

These numbers come from Wikipedia. While most of the agencies are similar to the other states in the US, it is the other agencies that have some diversity outside of the traditional career paths. It can range from the hospital police to Prevention of Animal Cruelty Police.

Criminal Justice Career Outlook in Massachusetts

As you are doing research into either taking the next step in your criminal justice career or are considering just starting, you will want to know the career outlook in your respective state. We have looked at the statistics provided by ONET that tells us more of the long term outlook for the criminal justice career in Massachusetts. We selected Sheriff Patrol Officers as the ONET career profile for Massachusetts and it showed that they have a median average salary of $59,200 compared to the US median average at $56,100. While being slightly above the national average in salary, Massachusetts is expected to see a 7 percent growth from 2012 to 2022 (16,550 to 17,630) while the US expects a 6 percent growth. If you were considering a position within the criminal justice industry within Massachusetts, ONET numbers are definitely encouraging for future growth. It will be important that you take into account the cost of living as certain cities will be significantly higher than others.

List of Criminal Justice Programs in Massachusetts

SchoolLevelProgramAdmissions

Michigan State University

MasterMaster of Science in Criminal JusticeWebsite

Utica College

BachelorBS in Criminal JusticeWebsite

Aurora University

BachelorBA in Criminal JusticeWebsite

Campbellsville University

AssociateAS in Criminal Justice AdministrationWebsite

Lewis University

MasterMS in Criminal/Social JusticeWebsite

Point University

BachelorBachelor of Science in Criminal JusticeWebsite

Saint Joseph's University

MasterMS in Criminal JusticeWebsite

Saint Joseph's University

MasterMS in Criminal Justice - Intelligence & Crime AnalysisWebsite

Alvernia University

BachelorAddictions and Mental Health Treatment (formerly Behavioral Health)Website

Anna Maria College

BachelorBachelor of Science in Fire ScienceWebsite

Campbellsville University

BachelorBS in Criminal Justice AdministrationWebsite

Campbellsville University

MasterMS in Justice Studies: Criminology TrackWebsite

Campbellsville University

MasterMS in Justice Studies: Public Services Leadership and Social Justice TrackWebsite

Concordia University - Saint Paul

BachelorBA in Criminal JusticeWebsite

East Central University

BachelorBA in Criminal Justice PolicyWebsite

View more online criminal justice programs currently accepting applications.

All Criminal Justice Programs

See below for the list of all of the Criminal Justice in Massachusetts. Find the best program for you online or in Massachusetts.

American International College

Springfield MA
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

Anna Maria College

Paxton MA
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • Computer Forensics and Investigation Certificate
  • Private Security Certificate

Bay Path College

Longmeadow MA
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

Bay State College

Boston MA
  • Associates of Criminal Justice
  • Associates of Criminal Justice Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Domestic and International Security
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Domestic and International Security Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Online

Becker College

Worcester MA
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Forensic Science/Crime Scene Processing

Berkshire Community College

Pittsfield MA
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice

Boston University

Boston MA
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Certificate
  • Masters of Criminal Justice
  • Masters of Criminal Justice Online

Boston University School of Medicine

Boston MA
  • M.S. in Biomedical Forensic Sciences

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater MA
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Victimology
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice - Crime and Corrections

Bristol Community College

Fall River MA
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice

Bunker Hill Community College

Boston MA
  • A.S. in Legal Studies and Public Safety

Cape Cod Community College

West Barnstable MA
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice

Clark University

Worcester MA
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

Curry College

Milton MA
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice - Homeland Defense
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice - Survivor/Witness/Victim Advocacy
  • M.A. in Criminal Justice

Dean College

Franklin MA
  • Associates of Criminal Justice

Eastern Nazarene College

Quincy MA
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice and Psychology - Social Relations

Endicott College

Beverly MA
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

Fisher College

Boston MA
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg MA
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

Greenfield Community College

Greenfield MA
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice

Holyoke Community College

Holyoke MA
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice Online
  • Law Enforement Certificate

Lincoln Technical Institute-Somerville

Somerville MA
  • Criminal Justice Certificate

Marian Court College

Swampscott MA
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

Massachusetts Bay Community College

Wellesley Hills MA
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice

Massasoit Community College

Brockton MA
  • Associates of Criminal Justice
  • Law Enforcement Certificate

Middlesex Community College

Lowell MA
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice - Administration of Justice
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • A.S. in Paralegal Studies
  • Certificate in Paralegal Studies

Mount Ida College

Newton MA
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

Mount Wachusett Community College

Gardner MA
  • Associates of Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • Associates of Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • Law Enforcement Certificate

Newbury College-Brookline

Brookline MA
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

North Shore Community College

Danvers MA
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Certificate
  • Law Enforcement Certificate

Northeastern University

Boston MA
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice Organizations and Leadership
  • Bachelors of Criminology and Public Policy
  • Bachelors of Global Criminology
  • Bachelors of Law And Justice
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice Leadership
  • Masters of Criminal Justice
  • Ph.D. in Criminology and Justice
  • Ph.D. in Criminology and Justice Policy

Northern Essex Community College

Lawrence MA
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • Law Enforcement Certificate

Quinsigamond Community College

Worcester MA
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice Online

Roxbury Community College

Roxbury Crossing MA
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice

Salem State University

Salem MA
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Administration
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Criminal Investigation
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Policy and Management Research
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Technology and Research
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice

Springfield College

Springfield MA
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

Springfield Technical Community College

Springfield MA
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • Law Enforcement Certificate

University of Massachusetts-Boston

Boston MA
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice

University of Massachusetts-Lowell

Lowell MA
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Informatics
  • Graduate Certificate in Domestic Violence Prevention
  • Graduate Certificate in Forensic Criminology
  • Graduate Certificate in Leadership & Policy Development
  • Graduate Certificate in Security Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in Victim Studies
  • M.A. in Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice

University of Phoenix-Boston Campus

Braintree MA
  • A.A. in Criminal Justice Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Cybercrimes Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Human Services Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Institutional Health Care Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Management Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Security Online
  • B.S. in Organizational Security and Management Online
  • M.S. in Administration of Justice and Security - Global and Homeland Security Online
  • M.S. in Administration of Justice and Security - Law Enforcement Online
  • M.S. in Administration of Justice and Security Online

Western New England University

Springfield MA
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

Westfield State University

Westfield MA
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Courts
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Criminology
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice - Corrections

Worcester State University

Worcester MA
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

Still Looking for a Criminal Justice Program?

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