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Students in class collaborate on a project while pursuing a Curry College Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Degree

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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Go Beyond Street Smarts

Whether you are a law enforcement professional, or work in private security, corrections, juvenile justice or other community service work, you have had to learn to face the challenge of social problems on a daily basis. While the protocols of professional practice prepare you for many standard situations, and "street smarts" help you cope with the daily challenges of the job, the complexities of the work go beyond that training and those basic survival skills.

Curry College's 21-month Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program begins with theory and integrates that with the knowledge of experience from the "street" to take your applied skills to a new level of excellence. By mixing theory with practice, you'll refine and advance your reflective thinking capabilities and become more adept at problem solving, mentoring, and management. A focus on reflective practice is the Curry College difference.

Flexible Schedule – Hyflex and Online Courses

Introducing Hyflex – A schedule that provides you remote learning by choice, allowing you to balance life’s responsibilities while pursuing your graduate degree. You choose how to attend lectures: in-person or remotely through ZOOM. Our program’s combination of courses delivered in hyflex and fully online offers flexibility while you remain connected with your professors and peers, learning alongside with one another.

Intelligence and Research Analysis Specialization

Are you looking to pursue a greater role in your department, advance your career, or transition into the  highly specialized field of intelligence and research? Pursue your MACJ degree with a specialization in Intelligence and Research Analysis.

Students explore the structure and function of the U.S. Intelligence Community at the federal, state and local level along with studying the law, policy and use of social media platforms utilized by intelligence professionals. Intelligence analytic methods and the tools and techniques for collecting/analyzing data from publicly available sources and professional writing and briefing skills are also learned.

MACJ Program Information

Join us to learn more about degree and non-degree programs and classes available through the Division of Continuing and Graduate Studies.

Test Drive the Curry MBA:

Tuesday, August 22 @ 5:30 p.m. - Register

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice:

Wednesday, August 16, 2023 @ 5:30 p.m. - Register

Learn More about Continuing Education Bachelor Programs:

Tuesday, August 22, 2023 @ 5:30 p.m. - Register

RN-BS Nursing Admission and Curriculum:

Thursday, August 24, 2023 @ 12:00 p.m. - Register

Connect with an Advisor

There's no need to wait for us to schedule an information session. Our knowledgeable advisors are available to meet with you via Zoom or phone to answer your questions. Get started on your way to earning your degree!

Schedule a one-on-one appointment now

Or even better, connect with an advisor by calling the campus of your choice:

Milton: 617-333-2364
Plymouth: 508-747-2424

What is Cohort Study?

As a student in the Curry College MACJ Program, you will be part of a cohort group. This means that the same students will be in all of your classes for the entire program, start to finish. Cohort group learning has proven to be very effective for adult learners because it creates a community of professionals who can study together, provide support, discuss common on-the-job problems, and offer networking opportunities.


New cohorts begin at our Milton and Plymouth campuses annually in the Fall.

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions can be viewed using the link below:

MACJ Female Alumni

Female Criminal Justice Alums Breaking the Glass Ceiling

From the first full-time female police officer to the highest-ranking female in the department, these Curry College alumni are breaking glass ceilings and setting the bar high for women in the criminal justice field.

Curry College Master of Arts in Criminal Justice students pose for a picture as cohort collaborators

MACJ Students Tackle Race Relations and Crime Prevention

Graduate students in the Curry College Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) program spent the better part of a year researching two particular issues confronting law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Read more about this MACJ Capstone Project

Take the next step

We're excited you're considering our flexible, convenient, and real-world focused Curry College Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Degree program and we look forward to helping you reach your career goals.