Criminal and Social Justice

Professional Studies Certificate

This certificate program examines the structural, psychological, and social factors that contribute to social problems endemic in the criminal justice system. Five courses, designed for students planning to enter or continue working in the criminal justice system, explore topics such as domestic violence, community violence, and racial discrimination through the lens of social justice. The program aims to inspire critical thinking that will promote greater equality within the criminal justice system.

Quick Facts




Total Tuition*


(Fall & Spring Semester Courses Only)

* Based on completing all courses during the 2019 – 2020 academic year. Tuition costs generally increase each year. Total cost will be higher if courses are taken across years.







Core Courses

Complete all of the following courses:

ADCJ 1001 Introduction to Criminology
ADSO 1365 Law and Society 
ADCJ 3001 Criminal Justice 


Complete 2 of the following courses:

ADSO 1151 Class, Power and Social Change
ADSO 1130 Deviance and Social Control
ADPS1129 Psychological Trauma
ADCJ XXXX Social Psychology
ADLA 1390 Psychology and Law
ADCJ XXXX Crime and Correction
ADSO XXXX Drugs and Society
ADSO XXXX Race, Gender, and Violence
ADLA XXXX Law and Morality


Application Information


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Please mail application materials to:
Boston College
Woods College of Advancing Studies Admissions Office
St. Mary's Hall South
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


Regular Decision
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Online Application

Start Your Application

*Current Woods College degree students interested in adding a certificate to their plan of study should not use the online application. Declare your certificate here.

Academic Transcripts

Submit one of the following:

  • Official high school degree
  • Official GED
  • Official college/university transcript

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 500-750 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

Application Fee

Application fee: $45

  • Check or money order payable to Boston College.
  • Please do not send cash.




Contact Claudia Pouravelis at with questions.