About the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (SCCJ)

The SCCJ prepares students for professional and research careers in criminal justice, criminology, and related fields by applying multidisciplinary and comparative social science to understand, predict, and explain crime. Our work contributes to the development of public policy within urban communities.

Using an active learning approach, the School seeks to develop students intellectually and ethically. They learn a keen appreciation for the complexities of crime and for public and private efforts to make communities safer and ensure justice.

About the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs (SPPUA)

Located in Boston, the SPPUA is at the forefront of social and policy effects in a dynamic urban setting. Our degree programs, research centers and broad array of experiential learning opportunities enable our students to hone their skills and make positive impacts wherever their careers take them, from local town offices and nongovernmental organizations to national governments and international institutions.

About Northeastern University

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-powered lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to go beyond discipline, degree, and campus. We pride ourselves on innovative education and nimble thinking.

We collaborate with more than 3,300 corporate partners in 90 countries, spanning every continent. Our worldwide network of professionals and engaged university citizens includes more than 255,000 alumni.

Northeastern’s nine colleges and schools offer a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs in on-campus, online, and hybrid formats. Among these, we offer more than 140 multidisciplinary majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

Accolades and Rankings

  • College Factual ranked Northeastern #4 for Criminal Justice Programs in 2022
  • Northeastern University is ranked #53 in National Universities in U.S. News & World Report (2024)
  • Northeastern is ranked #1 in the nation for Co-ops/Internships by U.S. News and World Report (2023)
  • Ranked #23 in Forbes rankings in Best Employers for Diversity (2021)
  • Northeastern University is ranked #8 in Most Innovative Schools in U.S. News & World Report (2024)
  • Northeastern University is ranked #70 (tie) in Best Public Affairs programs in U.S. News & World Report (2023)


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