You’ll master legal principles and techniques as you work both within and beyond the boundaries of the crime and justice system.
You will earn your Master of Crime & Justice Studies/Juris Doctor dual degree at both the College of Art & Sciences and Suffolk University Law School. Through your advanced studies, you will emerge prepared to think critically and act decisively to improve outcomes for both individuals and communities. Our faculty roster of leading thinkers in the field and hands-on internships will further help you maximize your professional potential.
You can pursue your MSCJS/JD dual degree either full- or part-time. The curriculum consists of 80 Law School credits and 24 College credits.
You may apply for this dual-degree program before you enter Suffolk University, during your first year of full-time MSCJS studies, or during your second or third year of study at the Law School.
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The JD/MSCJS degree will be granted upon completion of 104 credits earned. Of this number, 80 credits must be completed in the Law School and 24 credits in the College of Arts & Sciences MSCJS curriculum. Speciﬁc course selections are arranged through the Associate Dean’s ofﬁce in the Law School and the MSCJS program director.
All summer credits applied to the ﬁnal semester of the dual degree program have been determined based on the semester credits of each individual program so as not to permit students to enroll in fewer than two credits in the ﬁnal semester.
All dual degree candidates are subject to Section II (G) of the Rules and Regulations limiting credit for ungraded activities to two credits per semester. Any student who is not in good academic standing is disqualiﬁed from the dual degree programs. Law School Regulation VII (E) states that a dual degree candidate, who is academically deﬁcient (as deﬁned in the Law School regulations) within the Law School curriculum, shall be disqualiﬁed from the dual degree.
This track is for students in full-time MSCJS study.
Core required course for Master of Science in Crime and Justice Studies. A sociological investigation of the relationship between crime and justice in contemporary American society. The possibilities and limits of traditional approaches to crime control are examined in the context of our search for harmony, justice and social change. Problems in evaluating the techniques, goals, and effectiveness of criminal justice agencies and organizations are considered as well as models for rethinking the scope and nature of our responses to crime.
Offered Fall Term
Core required course for Master of Science in Crime and Justice Studies. This course provides students with the fundamental tools for evaluating, designing and implementing basic and applied empirical research in criminal justice. The association between theories and research methods used in the study of criminal justice is explored through a variety of related data sources. Topics covered include: the principles of research design; issues in measurement; modes of observation; basic methods of data analysis; and ethical concerns. Students will obtain hands-on experience in project design through the development of their own research proposal.
Offered Fall Term
Core required course for Master of Science in Crime and Justice Program. This course will examine the relationship among crime, criminal justice and the community as well as the impact of crime on local neighborhoods and community institutions. The role of the community in the criminal justice system and processes of social control are also examined. Topics covered include: local measurement of crime statistics; community policing; prevention and early intervention strategies; community corrections and intermediate sanctions. Strategies for empowering local communities to address the quality of life in the urban environment are also explored.
Offered Spring Term
Core required course for Master of Science in Crime and Justice Studies. This course introduces students to the foundations of statistical analysis. Topics include: measures of central tendency; dispersion; probability; sampling distributions; hypothesis testing; correlations; and regression. Using SPSS software, students will be required to apply statistical concepts to existing data resulting in a completed research project.
Offered Spring Term
This course may be taken at any time during the second or third year of Law School.
At the end of the ﬁrst year of Law School, students must complete at least three courses chosen from a Base Menu (6 credits of Experiential Learning, 2 non-credit CLE Programs, 50 non-credit hours of practical training, and the Legal Writing Requirement) as speciﬁed by the Law School.
Students are encouraged to concentrate in speciﬁc areas relevant to their interest in crime and justice by selecting classes and clinics/internships from available offerings. Evening students who have not completed their MSCJS requirements may elect to enroll in one of the Internships or Practica in Crime and Justice Studies (CJ-783, CJ-784, CJ-785) to obtain direct experience in the ﬁeld.
Track II of the JD/MSCJS program is substantially the same as Track I except that the ﬁrst- and second-year curricula are reversed. This track is for ﬁrst-year law students entering the dual degree program.
This track is for second-year law students entering the dual degree program. During years three and four, these students will take both law and MSCJS courses.
The Law School Curriculum and Requirements are available on the Law School website.
Fall Semester: March 15 (priority), then rolling
Spring Semester: October 15 (priority), then rolling
Summer Semester: April 1 (priority), then rolling
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Completed online application
$50 application fee
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)