Teaching assistant Christopher Chukwuedo assists a student in the computer lab of the Center for Law and Criminal Justice

School of Criminal Justice

At the Vanguard of Social Justice Today

In the heart of Newark, the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University–Newark brings together a diverse set of students, faculty, and staff dedicated to social justice, community engagement, and public policy.

Best Criminology Schools

U.S. News & World Report

Best Criminal Justice Universities


Master’s and PhD degrees awarded to date

Using Data to Prevent Crime

In the past 10 years, violent crime has been on the rise across U.S cities, and without intervention it will only continue to grow. To tackle this issue the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice developed risk terrain modeling to address areas of high crime without the need for over policing.

The Rutgers-led Newark Public Safety Collaborative engages over 40 community organizations, providing real-world data and insights that empower them to make meaningful actions to reduce crimes. With national and international recognition, Rutgers has pioneered a unique approach to reimagining crime prevention.

Be the Change You Want to See

Students come to learn at the School of Criminal Justice to gain an understanding of the causes and contexts of crime, and the interrelated challenges faced and caused by criminal justice systems. Through a rich, multidisciplinary framework, students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels will gain a wealth of relevant knowledge that can be applied in a professional setting to effect change.

Program Spotlight: Justice Studies (BA)

There is a high demand for professionals who can respond effectively to issues of justice and inequity. The Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies program provides students with a challenging and exciting course of study that will help them become the best in their fields.

Program graduates will have a deep understanding about

  • How justice systems operate
  • How justice resources are distributed across different social, racial, and economic groups (and to what effect)
  • How inequities in these distributions lead to broad problems of human rights and human dignity
Scales of Justice symbol, legal law concept image

Program Spotlight: Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program prepares students for positions of leadership and responsibility in government organizations, non-profits, and academic careers. Students will become effective agents of change in their communities through coursework and hands-on experiences.

Classes include contemporary crime, justice, and law enforcement policies and practices, as well as our state-of-the-art training in social science research and methodology.

Students studying

Student Perspective

"Being a New Jersey resident, I knew about Rutgers since my adolescence. It was a dream school that once seemed an unrealistic target but that all changed when I received my acceptance letter. My hopes are to graduate in May of 2024 with my bachelor’s degree and pursue a career in the federal government. The opportunities at Rutgers are limitless and I hope to be the voice of those who feel as if their goals are out of reach."

Emily Molina, School of Criminal Justice Undergraduate

Emily Molina, Rutgers-Newark School of Criminal Justice Student