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Curry College continuing education students in class representing the criminal justice degree program at Curry College

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education logoQuinn Bill Certified: Curry College Criminal Justice programs are Police Career Incentive Pay Program (PCIPP) certified by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. The PCIPP Program, also known as the Quinn Bill, was enacted by the Massachusetts Legislature to encourage police officers to earn degrees in law enforcement and criminal justice. It provides educational incentives for regular full-time officers in participating cities and towns through salary increases.

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Advance your career

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to advance in your current career, chart a new career direction or pursue your particular interest in areas such as law enforcement, criminal rehabilitation and community and social service. In classes with busy, working adults just like yourself, you'll explore key subject areas such as criminal law and procedure, criminology, policing, corrections, ethics, law enforcement, crime deterrence, and deviance and social control. You'll improve your skills in critical thinking, problem solving, presentation and communication as you apply theory to practice and acquire the academic foundation for future graduate work.

Courses begin every eight weeks

The time required to complete your degree depends on the number of courses you take each term, which you can determine according to your personal and professional responsibilities. With new courses beginning at Curry every eight weeks, your progress can be as fast or as flexible as you choose.

Make the most of your transfer credits and work experience

Curry helps you fast-track your degree completion by offering:

  • Transfer credits for courses completed at other colleges - with no time limit on transfer credits, including science courses. At least 30 credits must be completed at Curry College to earn a degree.
  • College credit for equivalent education and relevant work experience.
  • College credit for a passing score on CLEP, DANTES or Regents examinations.

No Application fee required

Curry has no application fee, and you can enroll in most continuing education courses while you're compiling the application materials. Once complete, we promptly review your materials and mail an acceptance letter to you. If you apply for financial aid, Curry's Student Financial Services Office will notify you after you are accepted about eligibility for a financial aid award.

Degree Requirements and Schedules

When possible, this course should be completed first, however the order in which courses are taken often depends on the course schedule for each term.

CJ 1000 - Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems and the Administration of Justice

Core Requirements:

CJ 2000 - Criminology
CJ 2020 - Criminal Law
CJ 2030 - Criminal Procedure
CJ 2100 - Corrections
CJ 2212 - Policing
CJ/SOC 2350 - Human Diversity in Criminal Justice
CJ/SOC 2600 - Research Methods
CJ 3300 - Justice and Human Rights Advocacy
CJ 3900 - Capstone Seminar: Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice electives:

Three credits at the 2000-level
Three credits at the 3000-level

Requirements in related areas:

MATH 1150 - Statistics

Six credits chosen from among the following 3 credit courses:
The six credits must be from two different academic disciplines except for foreign language sequences.

AC 2010 - Identity Theft
AC 2215 - Network Security Fundamentals
AFAM/P&H 2330 - African Americans in the United States
BIOL/CHEM 2700 - Introduction to Forensic Science
COM 2010 - Public Speaking
COM 2020 - Intercultural Communication
COM 2100 - Managerial Communication
COM 2112 - Conflict Management
COM 2130 - Nonverbal Communication
COM 2180 - Leadership Communication
COM 2230 - Writing for Communication
COM 3040 - Persuasion
ED 2455 - Programming for Positive Youth Development
ED 2600 - Children with Special Needs
ENG 2480 - Writing for the Professions
P&H 2200 - Political Tactics
P&H 2310 - American Constitutional Law
P&H 2380 - U.S.  Immigration History
P&H 2390 - American Constitutional Issues
P&H 2400 - Politics of Deception
P&H 2500 - State and Local Politics
PRS 2400 - The Ethics of War and Peace
PRS 2530 - Faith and Fanaticism
PRS 3100 - Social and Political Philosophy
PSY 2100 - Adolescent Psychology
PSY 2125 - Substance Use Counseling
PSY 2200 - Behavior Disorders in Children
PSY 2205 - Dysfunctional Families
PSY 2310 - Psychology of Criminal Behavior
PSY 2320 - Psychology and the Law
PSY 2330 - Drugs and Behavior
PSY 3130 - Brain and Behavior
PSY 3200 - Stress, Coping and Adaptation
PSY 3210 - Stereotypes and Prejudice
PSY 3260 - Psychology of Violence and Terror
PSY/SOC/WGS 2115 - Men, Self and Society
SOC 2310 - Introduction to Social Work Practice
SOC 2420 - Working with Groups
SOC 3390 - Crisis Intervention
SOC 3610 - Communities
SOC/WGS 2410 - Working with Individuals
SOC/WGS 2760 - Wealth, Poverty and Social Class
WGS 2000 - Gendered Lives
Any foreign language course

*Curriculum requirements vary depending on the number and types of credits accepted for transfer. Transfer credits are not needed to enter the program. An advisor will help you develop a personalized education plan.

Curriculum is subject to change. Unless otherwise noted, all courses are 3 credits.

Part-time or Full-time - you choose the pace that's right for you

The Division of Continuing and Graduate Studies classes meet just once a week for 8 or 15 weeks.  Our evening and weekend schedule, coupled with our in-class, online, and blended learning formats, provide you the opportunity to pursue your education while managing life's responsibilities.

Carrying a part-time schedule, you can complete up to 6 courses a year by attending classes 1 evening or Saturday per week.

Attend full-time by carrying a part-time course load.  How?  By enrolling in 2 courses every 8 weeks, you will complete a full-time course load on a part-time basis.  You may also consider taking a combination of our 8-week and 15-week classes.


Course Schedules and Registration Information

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Tuition Assistance Award

Finishing your degree is more affordable than ever. Continuing Education students can take 9 or more credits per semester and reduce your per-credit cost to just $375/credit. Talk to your Advisor for complete Tuition Assistance Award details. Award eligibility and availability of courses is not guaranteed. 

Take the next step

We're excited you're considering one of our outstanding Curry College continuing education programs and look forward to helping you reach your career goals.