Learning Outcomes


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.

Innovation: 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.

MACJ Students Present Capstone on Opiate Addiction to BPD

Students in the Milton cohort of the Master of Criminal Justice Class of 2016 recently delivered their Capstone presentation to the Boston Police Department (BPD). "Opiate Addiction in the Methadone Mile: Analysis and Recommendations," culminated the cohort's applied research project for the BPD, which focused on an area known as the "Methadone Mile."

Curry’s Plymouth Campus Hosts 'Summit for Opiate Solutions'

Curry College recently hosted the 'Summit for Opiate Solutions' on its Plymouth Campus.  Keynote Speaker and Curry Psychology Professor Dr. Ann Leonard-Zabel, presented her research, "The Opioid Brain: The Neuropsychological Impact Upon Memory When Adapting to Life;" Psychology Lecturer Dr. Kenneth Texeira shared his work with Drug Story Theatre, a peer messaging prevention program, and Curry students also shared research through poster presentations which facilitated public discussion about possible solutions to the opiate crisis.

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.

Violence Prevention Conference Explores Roots of Behavior, Presents Solutions

On May 12, students, faculty and staff from the Curry College Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program teamed up with Grandmothers against Gun Violence Cape Cod to tackle important questions during the "New Directions in Violence Prevention" Conference, hosted on the Curry campus. Read more...

Curry Teams up with BPD to Combat Blight Crime

Students in Curry's MACJ program shared their research, conducted in conjunction with the Boston Police Department, on advancing innovative programs for community safety. Read more...

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.

Filmmaker Dawn Porter speaks at Curry's "Social Justice Series"

Dawn Porter, a lawyer turned filmmaker, visited Curry College to screen her film Gideon's Army and lead a discussion for "The Social Justice Series," in April 2014.  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 '09. "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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