The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice offers a combined degree program that affords students the opportunity to combine their undergraduate and graduate studies. With the approval of their academic advisor and the program director, students can take up to two designated graduate courses that fulfill the requirements for both undergraduate and graduate degrees, thus accelerating completion of their Master of Arts in Criminal Justice.

Admission requirements

Students opting for the combined degree program must meet the minimum admission requirements for students applying to the graduate program in criminal justice as set forth in the current issue of the Graduate Studies Bulletin; the only exception of having obtained their baccalaureate degree.

It is recommended that students interested in the combined degree program declare their candidacy upon successful completion of 64 credits and/or upon entering their junior year; however, no later than having completed 90 undergraduate credits. This affords students the opportunity to collaborate with their advisor in the timely and appropriate selection of undergraduate and graduate courses.

To qualify for the combined program in Criminal Justice, students must possess and maintain a minimum of a 3.00 overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA), a 3.25 grade point average (GPA) within the criminal justice major, and be able to demonstrate a proficiency in writing. Students in the combined degree program must maintain a minimum of a 3.00 GPA in the graduate courses for which they have been approved.

Degree Plan

NOTE: All students are required to complete the General Education Requirements of their campus in fulfillment of their Bachelor degree requirements.

Required courses (39 credits)

Major electives (12 credits)

Students in the BA/MA Combined Degree Program are advised to confer with their advisor before registering for major elective courses.

Master’s degree courses (27 credits)

  • CRIM 6005   Advanced. Criminological Theory
  • CRIM 8000   Critical Analysis of Criminal Justice
  • Graduate Electives (21 credits)

Graduate courses CRIM 6000, CRIM 6010, and CRIM 6025 will be taken in a student’s senior year with the following conditions:

  • 21 credits of Graduate Electives may be selected from the following: CRIM 6015, CRIM 6020, CRIM 7020, CRIM 7025, CRIM 7030, CRIM 7060, CRIM 7065, CRIM 7070, CRIM 7080, CRIM 7084, CRIM 7085, CRIM 7090.
  • Professional Seminar in Criminal Justice (CRIM 6000) must be taken within a student’s first 6-9 credits of graduate courses.
  • Statistics and Data Analysis (CRIM 6020) serves as a prerequisite to Research Methods (CRIM 6015).

Course Descriptions