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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Criminal Justice Studies

Take advantage of the growing demand for public safety and security professionals with superior education and training and finish your bachelor's degree online in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in criminal justice studies. 

Whether you are a seasoned professional or a newcomer to the field of criminal justice, the UWW Interdisciplinary Studies program will help you can tailor your degree with online courses in criminal forensics, race and policing, serial and mass murder, drugs, white collar crime, domestic violence, juvenile justice, and more. 

Program Benefits 

  • You’re in the Driver’s Seat: Design your own degree concentration through your perfect mix of 100% online courses, and optional blended, or on-campus offerings to fit your busy life. Plus, most of our courses are asynchronous, meaning you can complete them on your schedule. 
  • Accelerate Your Degree: Bring in or earn up to 105 credits for your prior coursework, prior learning, and life and work experience to accelerate your degree, saving you time and money.  
  • Cross Disciplinary Boundaries: Craft your concentration to suit your goals and interests, from taking online courses in psychology to combine the study of criminal justice and mental health, to focusing on online business courses to study criminal justice administration, or or online social justice courses to focus on criminal justice reform.
  • Community College Friendly: Learn about the Mass Transfer Gen Ed Foundation and benefit from our 50-year history of support for community college students
  • Boston Children's Hospital and Mass General Brigham employees: Receive a 10% discount and more. Learn more about how you can benefit from our employer partnerships

Your Future in Criminal Justice 

With an Interdisciplinary Studies degree focused in criminal justice, you will develop the cutting-edge knowledge and skills you need for a successful career in high-demand professions such as public safety, the judiciary, corrections, policing, victim services, or social services. 

Flexible, Cross-Disciplinary Courses

You will study with distinguished instructors in the renowned UMass Department of Sociology, Legal Studies, as well as other disciplines across UMass.

To give you an idea of the types of online criminal justice and related courses that you could choose from, here is a sampling offered over the past few years.