Four Cornerstones

Graduates of the Curry College Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program develop applied skills and gain an in-depth understanding in the four program cornerstones: Public Administration, Ethical Leadership, Problem-solving, and Innovation.

Public Administration

Students will define and integrate theoretical and practical issues related to organizational development and behavior, and build management skills in the areas of communication, collaboration supervision, planning, and evaluation.

Ethical Leadership

Students will develop the skills needed to be an ethical leader in a criminal justice organization, including personal assessment, reflective practice and critical thinking, conflict resolution, and understanding the community dynamics that are affected by the solutions implemented by the criminal justice system. Ethical leadership is aimed towards what works for the common good-framing justice with a social lens.

Problem solving

Students will develop the ability to address problems facing criminal justice organizations though the integration of criminological and social theory with research and evidence-based analysis to assess how data and other types of information can be translated into effective and ethical policies and programs.


Students will develop the ability to think critically and creatively using evidence-based analysis to address problems through novel and ethical solutions that can be evaluated through different frames of reference. In today's dynamic world of criminal justice, technology plays an increasingly important role in developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative solutions.

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MACJ Students Tackle Race Relations and Crime Prevention

The MACJ cohorts presented their final Capstone projects, which included their findings and recommendations regarding two particular issues confronting law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Steve Sargent, MACJ '04 Named Chief of Worcester Police Department

Curry College Master of Arts in Criminal Justice alumnus Steve Sargent '04 was recently tapped as the next Chief of Police of the Worcester, Massachusetts Police Department.  Sargent will serve as Chief of Police of New England's 2nd largest city.

MACJ Program receives award for "Innovation in Criminal Justice"

The Massachusetts Association of Criminal Justice Education (MACJE) has recognized the Curry College Master of Arts Program (MACJ) with an award for "Innovation in Criminal Justice." Read more.

Meet Professor Jen Balboni

"I tell my students at the beginning of each semester, 'In my class, I need you to bring your 'A' game...everyday.' We really do take it to another level," says Criminal Justice Professor Jen Balboni.

Meet John Fratolillo '09

"Pursuing and earning a master's degree gives you an advantage in terms of the growth of your career and in terms of having more knowledge to draw upon," says John Fratolillo, MACJ '09, Regional Vice President at SecurAmerica. "For me, it was about applying that knowledge to my everyday work life."

Meet Carrie Hormanski
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Carrie Hormanski chose Curry College for her bachelor's degree in criminal justice, and decided to continue her education with Curry's Master of Arts in Criminal Justice degree program. Read more

Meet Kristopher Kamborian '08

"The professors I've had in the courses I have taken have had an enormous positive effect on not only my job performance, but on me as well. I have learned a lot through the MACJ program and will use what I have learned throughout the rest of my career."


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