Best Criminal Justice Schools in Massachusetts

Massachusetts has some of the best criminal justice schools in the nation. No kidding! More importantly, many of the best criminal justice colleges in Massachusetts have an added Quinn Bill, or Police Career Incentive Pay Program (PCIPP), approval – key for MA law enforcement and criminal justice career hopefuls.

Enacted in 1970, the Quinn Bill was designed to:

encourage police officers in participating municipalities to earn degrees in law enforcement and criminal justice and to provide educational incentives through salary increases

Best Criminal Justice Schools in Massachusetts

best Massachusetts Criminal Justice Schools

All, but Boston University, are Quinn Bill certified. That doesn’t mean that Boston University is bad – it’s one of the best universities in the world – but if you are considering a criminal justice career in Massachusetts then you might consider those colleges and universities that are Quinn Bill approved. Otherwise, any one of these schools should be a great fit for a criminal justice degree.

Most are Tier 1 schools, and the ones that aren’t, are still very highly regarded in academia and the work force.

As always, please feel free to share your opinions or expert knowledge about the top criminal justice schools in Massachusetts. If you want to see how I picked these top schools please go back to Best Criminal Justice Schools and Colleges page.

Article written by Radek Gadek

Radek holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University. He is currently doing consulting work and runs this blog to provide relevant information on criminal justice degrees, colleges and related careers.

4 comments… add one
  • Josh

    COPIED from elsewhere on site..

    Two western New England schools worth looking:

    1) Western New England College – Springfield, MA
    – This is a traditional, private college that boasts excellent professors. This school is not cheap.

    2) Westfield State College – Westfield, MA
    – A traditional State school with a strong reputation in New England for Criminal Justice.


    If I can make a recommendations to your list:

    1) University of Massachusetts – Lowell, MA Campus
    – This school has a good Criminal Justice and Criminology program that can be taken traditionally, online or a combination of the two.

    Mr. Gadek, thank for the site, I have often referred to it and greatly appreciate your work here.

    • Radek M. Gadek

      Josh provided some invaluable input before even reading this post. Thought you should know.

      Thanks for your input, Josh : )

  • Alex

    Great article!
    If you were to rank the list of schools that you had provided based on its reputations and ranking, what would it look like?

    Thanks much!

  • Carol

    Just wondering how Fitchburg measures up against Westfield?

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