Master of Science in Crime & Justice Studies

Want to make a difference in your community and your career? Our Master of Science in Crime & Justice Studies (MSCJS) program is designed to give you the educational foundation and hands-on know-how you'll need to have an impact in your area of interest.

This graduate program will help you challenge traditional thinking with new approaches to crime and justice. Our community-oriented curriculum is pragmatic and career-oriented, emphasizing crime's impact on communities, victims, and offenders.

You’ll get the tools you need to build a career in:

  • Criminology
  • Gender, Race & Social Justice
  • Probation
  • Policing
  • Corrections
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Victim Advocacy
  • Court and Offender Services
  • Policymaking

MSCJS alumni have had successful careers at institutions such as the Massachusetts State Police, Department of Youth Services, Middlesex County Court, Massachusetts Department of Corrections, and Youth Options Unlimited. A more complete list of employers of our graduates can be found on the Graduate Student Opportunities page.

View the MSCJS curriculum

Cost of Graduate Study at Suffolk

Tuition (2020-2021)
Full-time, per year
Cost Per Credit (2020-2021)
For part-time students

Financial Aid for Graduate Study

Suffolk University is pleased to offer merit-based financial aid to graduate students—these awards can be up to $14,750 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.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: April 15 (priority), then rolling
Spring Semester: October 15 (priority), then rolling
Learn about the advantages of priority applications.

Application Materials

  • Completed online application
  • $50 application fee (waived for students who visit campus)
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary education
  • Goal statement (essay)
  • Two letters of recommendation (Learn more)
  • All official transcripts from any college and university attended
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic scores (international students only)

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Courses & Requirements

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

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