Degrees

B.S .to M.S. Program

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This program provides academically talented undergraduate students the opportunity* to expeditiously complete both degrees.

  • Count up to 12 graduate credit hours toward your bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
  • Take 12 graduate credit hours as an undergraduate and earn your master’s with just one additional year of coursework.
  • Apply for tuition assistance from the College for graduate courses taken as an undergraduate student.
  • Explore graduate coursework as an undergraduate student and ease the transition to graduate school.

* Combined bachelor’s-master’s students must still be officially accepted into the graduate program by submitting a formal application to graduate school during the last semester of their senior year.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Current student majoring or double majoring in Criminology
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA and minimum GRE score between 148 and 160 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the exam or minimum 3.5 GPA (GRE waived for program but still required for graduate school application).
  • 90 credit hours of completed coursework
  • Proven academic ability to meet new challenges of graduate work

Enrollment Procedures

  • Meet with a College advisor who will determine your eligibility.
  • Obtain a “Request to Take Graduate Courses as an Undergraduate” form from the Registrar’s Office.
  • Take the form to the College graduate advisor, Margarita Frankeberger, to determine the appropriate course(s) to take.
  • Obtain all required signatures on the form.
  • Return the form to the Registrars’ Office to be placed in the course(s) during the proper registration window.

Program of Study

The following courses have been approved for the combined degree:

Master’s Requirements
  • CCJ 5705 Research Methods 1
  • CCJ 5706 Applied Statistics 1
  • CCJ 5109 Theory in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • CCJ 5606 Survey of Criminological Theories
  • CCJ 5285 Survey of Criminal Justice Studies
Electives include but are not limited to:
  • CCJ 5016 Crimes of the Powerful
  • CJJ 5020 Juvenile Justice
  • CCJ 5028r Seminar in Criminal Justice
  • CCJ 5029 Political Economy of Crime and Justice
  • CJE 5024 Police and Society
  • CCJ 5050 Proseminar in Criminology
  • CJL 5520 Structure & Process of the American Court System
  • CJL 5420 Criminal Law, Criminal Procedures, & Individual Rights
  • CCJ 5309 Penology
  • CCJ 5546 Prevention and Treatment of Crime & Delinquency
  • CCJ 5607 History of Criminological Thought
  • CCJ 5625 Ecology of Crime
  • CCJ 5636 Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • CCJ 5669 Race, Ethnicity, Crime, & Social Justice
  • CCJ 5672 Gender, Crime, and Justice
  • CCJ 6920r Seminar in Theoretical Criminology

Note: Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in the master’s required courses in order to earn credit toward the degree. In other graduate courses students may receive a lower grade, but must maintain an overall graduate GPA of 3.0.

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