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University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lowell , Massachusetts ,United States

Master's in Criminal Justice

Learn about emerging criminal justice issues, while gaining the degree you need to advance in the field. UMass Lowell's flexible master of arts in criminal justice program allows for full- or part-time study in a range of specialized fields, and is available on campus, online, or as a combination of the two. Many students successfully complete the program while working full time, and the online program is ranked 3rd in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

Students can dive into the current topics shaping today’s approaches to public safety through UMass Lowell’s Quinn-Bill-certified program, ensuring graduates who are police officers qualify for incentive pay.

Campus Information

Lowell

UMass Lowell is located in historic mill city of Lowell, Mass., 45-minutes north of Boston, at the intersections of Routes 495, 93 and 3. The birthplace of Jack Kerouac and the Industrial Revolution, Lowell's history echoes all around you. Former mill buildings and cobblestone streets now add charm to a bustling downtown, steps away from the UMass Lowell campus, which boasts a thriving arts scene, a population rich in cultural diversity, and a flair for festivals.

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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Those who have earned the MA in Criminal justice have advanced their career ladders as police officers and at various local, state and federal law enforcement or judicial agencies. They have taken jobs ranging from payroll clerk in the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office to assistant chief investigator at the Federal Defenders of San Diego. Thesis track students often take positions in academia.

PSW Opportunity

3 Years of PSW

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants who earned their degree outside of the US: transcript must be evaluated by a credentialing service such as WES or CED
  • English proficiency testing
  • TOEFL minimum 79
  • IELTS minimum 6.5

All doctoral and master’s degree programs at UMass Lowell require the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test, with the exception of the Master of Business Administration (MBA), which requires the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT).

The College of Education Initial Licensure Programs require copies of the appropriate MTEL scores. Other Master of Education and Education Specialist programs require proof of an initial or professional teacher license appropriate to the field. Not all M.Ed. and Ed.S. programs require the GRE. Doctoral programs in education require GRE scores. 

Statement of Purpose

In a separate document, submit a brief statement indicating your immediate and long-range goals, relevant work history, academic honors/awards received, any teaching experience and/or research conducted/published that may be pertinent to your graduate program. Two pages recommended maximum.

Letters of Recommendation

You are required to submit three (3) letters of recommendation. You will be asked to provide (names and email addresses) referees during the application process and an automated request will be sent out after the completion of your application. 

Official Transcripts

Provide a complete and official transcript from the institution that awarded or will award you a bachelor’s degree. You may also include transcripts from other institutions at which you have taken relevant coursework. Please note that waiting for additional transcripts may delay review of your application.