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Criminal justice is one of the fastest growing fields of employment. Whether you’re interested in the public or private sector, Suffolk’s master’s degree in Crime & Justice Studies prepares you to enter or advance within the field.

Combining intellectual breadth and depth with a pragmatic, career-oriented focus, our program provides you with the tools you need to excel in the areas of probation, policing, corrections, juvenile justice, victim advocacy, court and offender services, and criminal justice policy.

What Sets Us Apart

  • Opportunities to study with leading criminal justice practitioners in areas such as juvenile crime, community-based offender services, and prosecution.
  • The Center for Restorative Justice exposes students to a range of innovative practices in response to crime and victimization that are quickly spreading around the world.
  • The Center for Crime and Justice Policy Research conducts research on timely policy issues and regularly employs graduate students in that research.

Focus Your Studies 

You can choose from two specialized concentrations:

  • Victim Advocacy
    You'll focus on victimization in its many forms--from psychological, sociological, political, and legal perspectives. Courses explore hate crimes and violence against women and children, as well as the social inequities of gender, class, and race. Alternative community responses to victimization such as restorative justice are also included in this course work.
  • Youth, Crime & Justice
    Learn how youth policies and programs promote or hinder healthy youth development. This concentration seeks to understand youth crime and behavior within the context of child and adolescent development, as well as the societal structures of families, schools, neighborhoods, social services, police, law, and juvenile/adult justice systems. You'll focus on assessing local, state, national, and international strategies for prevention, intervention, crime control, and positive youth development.

Dual Degrees

  • Crime & Justice Studies/Mental Health Counseling

    The dual master's degree in Crime & Justice Studies/Mental Health Counseling helps both public- and private-sector professionals strengthen their skills in the increasingly interdependent areas of mental health, human services, and crime and justice. This multi-faceted approach enables our students to better serve populations in need and treat issues holistically. In your counseling courses, you will learn to assess, diagnose, and treat individuals and groups with a variety of mental health issues, such as depression, abuse, and trauma. In your crime and justice courses, you will explore the causes, contexts, and policies that can lead to or exacerbate mental illness.
  • Crime & Justice Studies/Public Administration

    Offered by both the College of Arts & Sciences and the Sawyer Business School, the dual master's degree in Crime & Justice Studies and Public Administration is designed for public-service professionals looking to take the next step in their careers.

    You’ll gain broad public management and organizational knowledge, as well as specialized knowledge and skills in crime and justice. This powerful combination will prepare you for administrative and leadership roles in crime and justice settings.

  • Crime & Justice Studies/Law

    The Crime & Justice Studies/Law dual degree program is designed to serve the needs of professionals who must be conversant with legal principles and techniques as they work both within and beyond the boundaries of the crime and justice system. Problem-solving in the areas of crime, justice, and social policy creates the need for specialized training in both law and the social sciences, as well as the interconnection between the two. As the complexity of human problems encourages more flexible, sensitive and multi-faceted responses to conflict and social problems, education that bridges the traditionally distinctive fields of crime and justice and law becomes increasingly valuable.