Criminal Justice Degree Programs in Norwood, MA with School Info

Nov 05, 2018

The Norwood, Massachusetts, area has at least a dozen colleges that offer criminal justice programs. Learn about the programs, admission info and requirements for three schools less than 20 miles from downtown, and make an informed education decision.

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Norwood Criminal Justice Schools

Students in Norwood, MA, can find several schools nearby that offer criminal justice education and training. Three schools, all less than 35 minutes from downtown Norwood, are profiled in this article, along with the criminal justice programs they offer. A table of relevant information about these schools is included in the article, presented in a convenient format that makes it easy to see how they compare. At the bottom is a listing of some other Norwood-area schools with criminal justice programs.

  • Eight miles from downtown Norwood, Curry College offers a bachelor's and master's degree in criminal justice. The bachelor's degree program features a concentration in survivor/witness/victim advocacy.
  • Students at Quincy College can earn an associate's degree in criminal justice that prepares them for careers in law enforcement or transfer to four-year universities. Quincy is about 10 miles from Norwood's city center.
  • Northeastern University, 12 miles from downtown Norwood, offers programs leading to a bachelor's degree, two master's degrees and a doctorate.

Comparison of Schools

Prospective students can use the following table to see how these schools compare in important aspects such as size and tuition.

Curry College Quincy College Northeastern University
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 2-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (Fall 2017) 2,799* 5,343* 21,489*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $38,936 undergraduate, $14,793 graduate* $6,306* $49,497 undergraduate, $23,688 graduate*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 99%* 75%* 75%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 90%* N/A - Open admissions 27%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 68% full-time* 60% full-time, 52% part-time* 97% full-time*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 52% (students who began Fall 2011)* 13% (students who began Fall 2014)* 87% (students who began Fall 2011)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Curry College

Curry College offers students the opportunity to pursue programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels; the college also offers continuing educational opportunities for individuals to improve their professional skills. Besides criminal justice, students can pursue majors in politics and history, sociology, psychology, philosophy and communication, among other majors.

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Students can pursue a concentration in survivor/witness/victim advocacy. The program features core course requirements in criminal law, criminology, corrections, policing and human rights advocacy. Electives offer students the chance to study public administration, leadership communication, crisis intervention, substance abuse counseling and political tactics. Internships with local law enforcement agencies are also part of the curriculum.

The concentration requires that students complete 15 credits. The survivor/witness/victim advocacy concentration offers courses in human diversity, human rights advocacy, domestic violence, community policing, and deviance and social control.

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

This graduate program provides students with the knowledge and skills to apply criminal justice theory into practice. Participants in the program are able to focus their studies on ethical leadership, public administration, problem solving and innovation. The curriculum covers topics in social policy, justice administration, criminology, data analysis, resource allocation, justice organizations and criminal justice contemporary issues. Students have the option of pursuing an internship or thesis.

Quincy College

Students attending Quincy College can choose from 34 associate's degree and 24 certificate programs. While some programs are designed for career training, others provide students with the educational foundation to continue their education at four-year universities. Areas of study include business, healthcare administration, computer science, criminal justice, fine arts, liberal arts and education.

Associate in Science in Criminal Justice

This two-year program has concentrations available in law enforcement and criminal justice. The criminal justice concentration is designed for students who want to transfer to four-year institutions. Students in both specializations must complete 64 credits, which includes an array of general-education requirements. Core courses for both programs include criminology, criminal law procedures, juvenile delinquency and sociology. Besides electives unique to each specialization, both concentrations offer electives in conflict resolution, domestic violence, law enforcement and society, and criminal evidence and investigation. The criminal justice concentration program is also offered fully online.

Northeastern University

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in criminal justice. Students can perform research at the Center on Crime and Community Resilience, Institute on Race and Justice and Institute on Security and Public Policy.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Course options in this program include juvenile justice, criminology, criminal justice statistics, the death penalty and policing. Undergraduate students can complete co-op programs for credit at Boston-area facilities. For those who qualify, the university's PlusOne program offers students the chance to begin taking graduate courses while finishing up the bachelor's degree program. This allows them to earn a master's degree one year after earning the bachelor's degree. Students also have the option of pursuing a combined degree program that pairs criminal justice studies with either computer science, human services, political science, psychology or a PlusOne Juris Doctor (JD) program.

Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice

This program offers a flexible schedule that accommodates both working professionals and full-time students. Full-time students tend to complete the program in 12 months without an experiential opportunity or 18 months with it, while part-time students typically take 3-4 years to graduate. Students study both criminal behavior and the systems devised to deal with it. They can customize their course of study by choosing elective courses and completing an internship, independent study or master's thesis.

Master of Science in Criminal Justice (Online)

This online program is offered through the College of Professional Studies. Students may choose from concentrations in corrections, global criminal justice, community and family justice, leadership, security and policing. The core coursework for all concentrations includes administration of justice, criminological theory, research methods, issues in criminal justice policy and crisis communication.

Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology and Justice Policy

Those interested in an academic or research career in criminal justice can apply to this program after earning their bachelor's or master's degree. Ph.D. students entering with a bachelor's degree typically complete the program and finish their dissertation in five years, while those with a master's degree usually take four years. In addition to a teaching practicum, courses can include statistical analysis, multivariate analysis, research methods, and criminology and public policy.

Other Schools

Students in the Norwood area can also pursue criminal justice programs at Massachusetts Bay Community College, Eastern Nazarene College, Boston University and Massasoit Community College, among others.

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