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Earn Two Degrees in Five Years

A Curry College Master of Arts in Criminal Justice degree student smiles at graduation

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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Why Choose a Curry MACJ?

A master’s degree in criminal justice can open doors and give you a real edge in your career. There are many reasons to choose Curry’s MACJ Program. Here are just a few:

Capstone Project Experience - The Capstone truly sets our program apart from others. Along with your cohort you will develop and carry out a community-based project that addresses a contemporary criminal justice issue through the application of an innovative, problem-solving approach. The project will culminate in a presentation with your fellow cohort members, where faculty, community leaders, and subject-matter experts will be in attendance.

Learning with the Experts - Undergraduate students in their senior year learn side by side with other graduate students who are experienced practitioners, as well as from faculty experts. This gives the 5th year students the unique opportunity to network with current professionals and learn from a rich diversity of experiences in the classroom.

Flexible Schedule - With its new Hyflex model, students will have a schedule with increased flexibility. You choose how to attend lectures: in-person or remotely through ZOOM. The 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.

Exciting Courses - You’ll take courses in Criminology, Social Policy, Data Analysis, and many more.

20% Tuition Discount - Curry students enjoy significant savings over a traditional graduate MACJ program.

How does the 5th Year MACJ Program Work?

Curry MACJ students are 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. You will learn the major ideas and concepts by mixing theory with practice. Doing so in a cohort will allow you to refine and advance your reflective thinking capabilities and become more adept at problem solving, mentoring, and management. Graduates also develop applied skills and gain in-depth understanding in the four program cornerstones: Public Administration, Ethical Leadership, Problem-Solving, and Innovation.

Curry students in any major can apply to the 5th Year MACJ Program. Through this program, they accelerate their MACJ studies by enrolling in courses during the senior year of their undergraduate program. These courses will be a combination of traditional and online classes. Students can work in the field during their final year of the 5th Year MACJ Program.

Where can a Curry MACJ Take You?

Our alumni work in a variety of criminal justice agencies: local, state, and federal law enforcement, parole and probation, corrections, courts, and many other areas. Many of our alumni also go on to research agencies both public and private.

Current students with questions regarding the 5th Year MACJ Program should contact Professor Adam Stearn, MACJ Director at

Program Requirements and Information

Undergraduate students must complete the following course by the spring of their junior year at the College to qualify for the program:

  • CJ/SOC 2600: Methods in Social Research

Senior Year - Fall Semester:

MCJ 6005 - Innovative Leadership in the 21st Century

MCJ 6010 - Innovative Justice Administration 

Senior Year - Spring Semester:

MCJ 6020 - Criminology: Theory and Application 

MCJ 6080 - Research Writing Intensive

Summer Post Graduation:

MCJ 6015 - Methods of Inquiry in Criminal Justice

MCJ 6XXX - Trauma-Informed Work and Restoration in the Justice System 

Fall 5th Year:

MCJ 6025 - Criminal Justice Data Analysis

MCJ 6040 - Capstone Project I: Foundation

Spring 5th Year:

MCJ 6045 - Capstone Project II: Implementation 

MCJ 7000 -  Capstone Project III: Culmination 

Eligibility for Prospective Curry Students

Students who are interested in the 5th Year MACJ program will formally apply for the program during their junior year of study. Prior to submitting a formal application to the program, advisors will meet with students to assist them in selecting appropriate courses to fulfill prerequisites and to prepare for their timely entry into the 5th Year MACJ program. Students will also be invited to attend on-campus events including guest speakers and MACJ capstone presentations.

Prospective students with questions regarding the program may contact the Admissions Office.

Eligibility and Application Process for Curry Students in their Junior Year

Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (or better) in order to begin taking MACJ courses in the fall semester of their senior. Students earn the bachelor's degree at the end of their senior year and complete their MACJ the following spring semester.

Students must submit the following:

  • 5th Year MACJ Application and supporting materials – writing sample and personal essay: (For the writing sample, please describe an ethical dilemma you have faced and how you handled it.)
  • One Recommendation from a Curry College faculty member
  • Interview with the MACJ Director during the first semester Junior Year

Apply Today

The priority application deadline for the 5th Year MACJ program is March 15 of a student's junior year of study.  Current students with questions regarding the   Year MACJ program can contact Professor Adam Stearn, MACJ Director, at

Save on Tuition

Students participating in the 5th Year MACJ program benefit from taking graduate level courses while they are undergraduate students and save $8,900 in tuition costs* by participating in this accelerated MACJ program rather than taking the standard MACJ after graduating with a bachelor's degree.

After a student graduates at the end of the spring semester, they qualify for a 20% alumni tuition discount off the MACJ tuition rate saving them an additional $2,820 in tuition*.  

The total savings through the 5th Year Program is $11,720, nearly a 50% tuition savings for the graduate degree.

During the fall and spring semester of their senior year, students will take 6 credits of MCJ courses during each semester at no additional charge to their undergraduate tuition cost. These credits are built into the degree map to be 6 of the students 18 credits (full-time tuition is between 12 and 18 credits).

If a student enrolls in more than 18 credits, the College's standard per-credit billing rates policies would apply for each credit beyond 18 at the undergraduate per-credit tuition rate.

Financial aid is awarded to students based on their undergraduate enrollment status only.

For the summer following senior year, and subsequent semesters, students may be eligible for graduate student loans.

*Savings based on the 2021-2022 tuition per credit rate for the MACJ program.