College Launches First Master’s Program: Criminal Justice 4+1 Program

July 21, 2020

By Laura Lemire '06

The first Saint Anselm College master’s program will launch next year for students who have graduated from the college’s criminal justice or forensic science programs.

Beginning this summer, current criminal justice and forensic majors and criminal justice minors as well as alumni with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or forensic science, may apply to the college’s newest program, a Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice, through an accelerated 4 + 1 Program (ABM).

The first graduate program offered by the college was approved at the board of trustees meeting on June 8. It allows current students to complete their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years. Students and alumni may apply now to begin courses during the spring 2021 semester with a scheduled graduation in May 2022.

“By providing a seamless transition to a master’s degree in criminal justice, we are expanding opportunities for students to pursue careers in a variety of professional fields,” said Dr. Joseph A. Favazza, president of Saint Anselm. “We look forward to the growth of this new program and we believe it will be the first of a number of targeted graduate programs that will expand our reputation for academic excellence.”

Combining in-person and online courses, the ABM program requires the completion of 11 courses ranging in topic from Advanced Research to Administration of Justice to Issues and Trends in Criminal Justice.

Program Director Professor Kaitlyn Clarke, Ph.D. ‘09 says the hope is that students develop an enhanced understanding of the cause of crime and how it impacts criminal justice policy and practice.

“The program affords students the opportunity to further study the theoretical, analytical and practical understanding of crime, consequences of crime, victimization and the role of criminal justice agencies in the control of crime from a social scientific perspective,” said Professor Clarke. “The program builds upon the undergraduate education by delving deeply into contemporary issues facing the field and providing students with practical skills that can be applied immediately upon graduation.”

Through the coursework students will develop advanced research, writing, and presentation skills while also broadening their professional opportunities post-graduation. Students will be better equipped to enter the workforce with an in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system and the ability to critically engage in an examination of that system and the work within it says Professor Clarke.

To complete the program in a year, students will complete two graduate courses during the spring of their senior year followed by three summer courses, and then three courses in the fall and three in the spring. See the full course sequence.

Alumni interested in the program would take the first two graduate courses online. Beginning in the summer session, all in-person graduate courses will be offered during the evening to afford students the opportunity to work during the day.

Interested students should begin the process during the spring of their junior year in order to apply to the program during the summer prior to their senior year. Applications to begin the program this academic year are due by September 18.

For questions or more information about the program, contact Professor Clarke at

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