Jun 23, 2024  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Criminal Justice, BS/MS

Total Hours Required for Dual Degrees:  150

The accelerated, dual degree path to a Master of Science in Criminal Justice allows exceptional undergraduate students in the Criminal Justice, BS program to earn up to 12 hours of graduate coursework during the senior year, up to 6 hours of which may be used to satisfy both the bachelor’s and master’s degree requirements. Once students have graduated with the Bachelor of Science degree, they may then complete the requirements for the Master of Science degree in one additional year with 24 credit hours.

The undergraduate portion of the Criminal Justice, BS/MS program is offered both face-to-face and 100% online; however, the graduate portion is only offered 100% online.

Sophomore Spring - 15 hours

  • Electives - 6 hours *

Dual Degree Requirements

To apply for acceptance into the Criminal Justice, BS/MS dual degree program, students must:

  • Have an overall and degree GPA of 3.5 or higher; and
  • Once 60 credit hours have been earned toward the bachelor’s degree, submit a complete dual degree application packet to the Department of Social Sciences that includes the following:
    • Dual degree program application form; and
    • Three letters of recommendation from criminal justice faculty in the Department of Social Sciences.

Junior Fall - 15 hours

  • Elective - 3 hours *
  • POLS Elective (300/400 Level) - 3 hours

Junior Spring - 15 hours

  • POLS Elective (300/400 Level) - 3 hours
  • SOCL Elective - 3 hours
  • SOCL Elective (300/400 Level) - 3 hours

Dual Degree Requirements

Once 90 credit hours have been earned toward the bachelor’s degree and upon acceptance into the dual degree program, a student:

  • Can enroll in up to 12 graduate credit hours during the final 30 credit hours of the bachelor’s degree;
  • Must graduate with the bachelor’s degree once all requirements for that degree are met;
  • Is classified as an undergraduate student and is charged undergraduate tuition and fees until the bachelor’s degree is awarded;
  • Is classified as a graduate student and is charged graduate tuition and fees after the bachelor’s degree is awarded;
  • Can continue enrolling in graduate coursework provided an overall graduate GPA of 3.0 and an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.2 are maintained.
  • Is not required to complete a graduate application for admission to the master’s degree program provided enrollment after the awarding of the bachelor’s degree is continuous during fall and spring semesters.

Senior Fall - 18 hours

  • CJUS Electives (500/600 Level) - 6 hours
  • Elective (300/400 Level) - 3 hours
  • Fine Arts General Education Elective  - 3 hours
  • PSYC Elective - 3 hours
  • SOCL Elective (300/400 Level) - 3 hours

Senior Spring - 18 hours

  • CJUS Elective (300/400 Level) - 3 hours
  • CJUS Electives (500/600 Level) - 6 hours
  • Electives (300/400 Level) - 6 hours *

Graduate Fall - 12 hours

  • CJUS Elective (500/600 Level) - 3 hours

Graduate Spring - 12 hours

  • CJUS Elective (500/600 Level) - 3 hours
  • CJUS Elective (600 Level) - 3 hours


Undergraduate Notes:

  • All bachelor’s degrees must include 40 hours at the 300 level or higher.
  • All bachelor’s degrees require at least one life science course and one physical science course from the Natural Sciences area of the General Education Core Curriculum.
  • All degree and graduation requirements may be found on the Academic Regulations page.
  • Credits from HHP Activity  courses will not be applied toward the degree.
  • No more than 6 credit hours of Music Ensemble and Music Performance  courses will be applied toward the degree.
  • Students must earn a grade of C or better in SOSC 499, as well as in all CJUS courses (except when taken as an elective denoted with an asterisk).

Graduate Notes:

  • One-half of the total number of credit hours required for a graduate degree must be at the 600 level.
  • Credits applied must be earned within 6 calendar years from the time the student first enrolled in the program.
  • No grade below C and not more than 3 credit hours of C work can be applied toward the degree.
  • Only transfer credits with a grade of B or better may be applied toward the degree.
  • All degree and graduation requirements may be found on the Graduate School Regulations page.