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A degree in criminal justice offers a wide range of outstanding professional opportunities and is one of the nation’s fastest-growing academic disciplines. The criminal justice program fosters the necessary skills for careers in the field including critical thinking skills, ethical decision-making, communication skills, quantitative reasoning, an understanding of diversity and technology and computing skills.

 

With over 30 years of experience, Salem State University’s criminal justice program is well qualified to provide students with the necessary skills for a successful career in this field, advancing the career of current professionals and for entry into graduate school. Our faculty are practitioners in residence who share real-world experience with students. They provide a challenging and intellectually stimulating classroom environment combined with real world experience in the field through supervised internships and service learning options.

Degree Programs

  • Criminal Justice

    BS
    Undergraduate

    Our criminal justice program offers a broad liberal arts education coupled with a specialization in criminal justice. Our faculty employ innovative teaching styles and techniques to help you analyze substantive issues, develop verbal and writing skills, acquire proficiency in research methods, statistical analysis and computer applications, and enhance critical thinking. Integrating criminal justice theory, research, administration, and policy into our curriculum, our students develop a proficiency in statistical analysis, computer applications and critical thinking-skills required for careers in today’s criminal justice system, or for further education. The various concentrations blend the university’s core curriculum with our own core of criminal justice requirements as well as a wide variety of electives designed to meet students’ specific areas of interest.

  • Criminal Justice

    BS/MS
    Combined Undergraduate + Graduate

    The criminal justice department also offers an accelerated 4 +1 program that allows eligible students to earn both a bachelor of science degree and a master of science degree in only five years instead of the traditional six years. The program allows students to count four graduate courses toward their undergraduate degree. This innovative program saves students time and money.

  • Criminal Justice

    Minor
    Undergraduate

    The minor in criminal justice is open to Salem State undergraduate students who want to focus on criminal justice administration or technology and research. 

     

  • Administration

    Concentration
    Graduate

    All criminal justice agencies, including the courts, police, and correctional facilities, require managers at various levels. The administration concentration in criminal justice focuses on the organizational structure and functions of such agencies and is an ideal program for students aiming to gain working knowledge of criminal justice agencies.

  • Criminology

    Concentration
    Graduate

    Criminology is the study of crime and its causes as well as its effects and social impacts. Criminologists study crime data to better understand the many causes of crime and to assist criminal justice professionals and officials in implementing the most effective ways to prevent and reduce crime. The field of criminology is interdisciplinary and draws from a number of other fields including psychology, sociology, biology, economics as well as many others. 

     

  • Geo-Information Science

    Concentration
    Graduate

    The GIS concentration is unique to Salem State. Geo-information science uses computerized mapping to problem solve, develop policy and analyze crime and is particularly helpful to those pursuing a career in law enforcement.

  • Administration

    Concentration
    Undergraduate

    All criminal justice agencies, including the courts, police, and correctional facilities, require managers at various levels. The administration concentration in criminal justice focuses on the organizational structure and functions of such agencies and is an ideal program for students aiming for management level positions in criminal justice.

  • Criminal Investigation

    Concentration
    Undergraduate

    Criminal investigation is an essential part of the functioning of the criminal justice system. All law enforcement agencies -- federal, state, local, and special -- conduct criminal investigation employing different methods. The criminal investigation concentration in criminal justice introduces you to various aspects of criminal investigation, i.e crime scene analysis, search and seizure, interrogation and witness interview, profiling of offenders economic offenses investigation, and use of forensics.

  • Administration

    Concentration
    Combined Undergraduate + Graduate

    All criminal justice agencies, including the courts, police, and correctional facilities, require managers at various levels. The administration concentration in criminal justice focuses on the organizational structure and functions of such agencies and is an ideal program for students aiming to gain working knowledge of criminal justice agencies.

  • Criminology

    Concentration
    Combined Undergraduate + Graduate

    Criminology is the study of crime and its causes as well as its effects and social impacts. Criminologists study crime data to better understand the many causes of crime and to assist criminal justice professionals and officials in implementing the most effective ways to prevent and reduce crime. The field of criminology is interdisciplinary and draws from a number of other fields including psychology, sociology, biology, economics as well as many others.

  • Geo-Information Science

    Concentration
    Combined Undergraduate + Graduate

    The GIS concentration is a unique opportunity for students. Geo-information science uses computerized mapping to problem solve, develop policy and analyze crime and is particularly helpful to those pursuing a career in law enforcement.

  • Criminal Justice

    MS
    Graduate

    The master of science in criminal justice is designed for those who want to advance or pursue careers in criminal justice as well as those who plan to secure a doctoral degree in the field. A robust combination of theory and research, our program is Quinn Bill approved and adheres to the standards of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for graduate programs.

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  • Correctional Administration

    Certificate
    Undergraduate

    The Correctional Administrative Certificate Program introduces the student to the historical and philosophical development of what is commonly referred to as "the correctional system." Special emphasis will be given to the structure, administration and nature of this institution regarding its social function. Topics on the inmate community, treatment programs, and prisoner rights will be discussed.

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Criminal Justice Careers

Graduates in criminal justice choose from careers in government, health care, education and more. Criminal justice jobs in most industries are expected to grow over the next decade, with average salaries for jobs requiring bachelor's degrees ranging from $53,000 to $111,000 per year.

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