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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice (4+1 Program)

Criminal Justice studentsCriminal justice majors can earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as complete police academy training, within five years with the 4+1 Program.

Full-time students entering the University with the goal of certification as police officers, and who follow the scheduled coursework, will complete their bachelor’s degrees within four years, followed by a one-year master’s program that includes a full-time academy certification from the Municipal Police Training Committee.

Students who complete the concentration at the baccalaureate level are offered admission to the master’s program and upon completion and are certified by the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) as police officers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Fitchburg State’s criminal justice curriculum was designed through partnership with the MPTC, evaluating the academy coursework to determine how to best translate it to campus classrooms.

The skills component of the academy, including firearms, defensive tactics and emergency vehicle operations, is taught by certified MPTC instructors including members of the University Police Department.

Graduates of the program will be ready to report for municipal police duty immediately.

Prospective students interested in this program can contact the Admissions Office for more information.


Criminal Justice (Regular Program Overview)

The criminal justice major provides students with courses which lead to a Bachelor of Science degree and provides a foundation for employment in the criminal justice field and graduate work. The program is PCIPP approved.

Emphasizing both the intellectual and the practical, our major focuses on understanding the criminal justice system and its relationship to society as a whole. Students develop the academic skills needed to think critically about important facets of criminal justice, such as crime causation and prevention, organizational issues, research and evaluation methods, and moral and ethical dimensions.


Bachelor of Science

Criminal Justice, B.S.


Criminal Justice Minor

Career Opportunities

Students can explore career options through an internship in a field of their choice, including but not limited to law enforcement, the court system, and corrections. The criminal justice major also prepares interested students for graduate school and law school.

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Curriculum details 
Department Home Page

How to Apply

For more information and to apply, go to admissions.

Other Relevant Links

US Bureau of Justice Statistics
American Society of Criminology
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
Course Rotation Cycle (PDF)