MPA/MSCJS Dual Degree

The Suffolk MPA/MS in Crime & Justice Studies will give you a dual degree in fields that directly impact public policy and safety. Armed with a solid background in leadership, public policy, and the American judicial system, you’ll be ready to tackle major challenges within the crime and justice arena.

The expedited dual program will help you complete both degrees in less time thanks to shared electives and balanced coursework. You’ll graduate ready to make a difference in any community and shape policy in the given field in which you want to operate.

Suffolk's MPA/MSCJS Dual Degree Program 

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: July 15 (International Applicants), August 15 (Domestic Applicants), then rolling
Spring Semester: December 1 (International Applicants), January 4 (Domestic Applicants), then rolling
Learn about the advantages of priority applications.

Application Materials

  • Completed application
  • $50 application fee (waived for students who visit campus)
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts of all post-secondary work. Admitted students enrolling in the program will need to have official transcripts, including proof of degree conferral, on file prior to their first class
  • Goal statement (essay)
  • Letter of recommendation (Learn more)
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores (Note: Testing requirements vary by program, and some students may qualify for a waiver. Learn more.)
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic scores (international students only)

Cost of Graduate School at Suffolk

Cost Per Credit (2020-2021) $1,200

Financial Aid for Graduate Study

Suffolk University is pleased to offer both merit- and need-based financial aid to graduate students—these awards can be up to $20,000 per academic year. Merit-based aid is awarded based on the applicant's academic credentials presented on the admission application. No separate application is required for merit consideration.

Advising & Other Resources

Suffolk University offers graduate students—incoming, current, and alumni—help with navigating financial aid and payments, searching for career opportunities, and building a strong professional network. Our Graduate Student Services team supports you every step of the way with various services including application advising, financial aid counseling, international student resources, and other resources such as the Career Development Center or the Center for Learning and Academic Success. We also offer you value-added professional development workshops to bolster your experiential education and other professional skills while studying at Suffolk University.

Courses & Requirements

Learn more about the classes, requirements, and different options available to complete the program.

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Master of Public Administration

00:05 - Suffolk is ranked in the top tier,

00:06 as it pertains to the MPA program,

00:08 which is one of the best in the United States,

00:10 as well as the actual accessibility to commuters.

00:14 And then the notoriety

00:15 based on past accomplishments of students.

00:18 - I always knew I needed more of that academic foundation,

00:21 and they have a program,

00:23 the Suffolk Commonwealth Fellowship Program,

00:25 that allows state workers to go to school at Suffolk

00:29 and work part-time.

00:30 So I'd always had my eye on that program for quite a while,

00:33 and when the opportunity presented itself,

00:34 I applied for that.

00:38 - Suffolk really taught me how to be a better manager

00:41 and how to interact with other people.

00:42 Every single course that I took,

00:46 the professors really were able to give me

00:49 real life scenarios that I had never experienced.

00:51 - It was a much more practical, reality-based education

00:56 that really felt like it acknowledged

00:58 that students were working in government

01:01 at the same time they were going to school.

01:03 - I came in thinking I had all of this experience,

01:07 and what I learned is that I didn't,

01:08 in that I had a lot more to learn.

01:10 - The fact that the professors in the Suffolk program

01:13 bring experience, not just an educational background

01:17 to their teaching within the program

01:20 is a really core, essential tool.

01:25 There are times when I can still hear

01:27 Professor Doug Snow's voice in my head,

01:29 and I can still think, oh yeah,

01:31 he said it's gotta be a zero sum.

01:33 So those pieces have been really valuable for me.

01:39 - And the program itself is structured

01:41 that it educates you more holistically

01:44 than just about lecturing.

01:47 - The networks that you will develop are second to none.

01:50 - I met people that I never would have met

01:53 because of Suffolk.

01:57 - Being a part of the program is something

01:58 that you should feel passionate about

02:00 and something if you care about community,

02:02 you care about this world,

02:04 you care about your neighbors,

02:06 I think it's a program that gives you a wide exposure

02:09 to a myriad of ways that you can help make a difference.

02:13 - It really taught me how that, in public service,

02:15 how we create public value and that term

02:17 never entered into my vocabulary until I took this,

02:21 got involved with this program.

02:23 - I think I'm a better person,

02:24 but I also think I'm a better administrator.

02:27 I think I'm a better leader.

02:28 - It really taught me to be a more compassionate

02:31 administrator and leader for the groups that I work with.

02:34 - I think it helped me in my career

02:35 because after I left Suffolk University,

02:37 I moved to Washington, DC.

02:40 The program I got into the federal government

02:43 was it was a program for people with advanced degrees,

02:45 trying to get into the government

02:47 and having an advanced degree in public administration,

02:50 that really helped me get my foot inside the door.

02:53 - It really has opened up a lot of doors

02:55 and has really allowed me to explain

02:59 the potential of state government more effectively

03:01 and show where we can go with state government.

03:04 - The education was the most important,

03:05 but all the social connections I have now

03:09 and the things I've been invited back to.

03:12 I do some guest lecturing at a class at least yearly.

03:16 I was brought back to the Moakley Breakfast

03:18 to be on a panel.

03:20 I never would have those experiences

03:21 if I didn't come to the university.

03:23 - It is the experience of a lifetime.

03:25 You will develop friendships that will last forever.

03:28 And the experience that you will get

03:30 will make you better,

03:32 in any aspect of what you go for Suffolk.

03:33 So if you're a public administrator, administration,

03:36 it will make you a better public administrator.

03:37 If you're going for law school,

03:38 it'll make you the best lawyer.

03:40 I highly recommend Suffolk University to anyone.