B.S./M.S. or M.A. accelerated program

About accelerated degrees in criminal justice

An accelerated bachelor's/master's program is available for students currently admitted in the bachelor of science in criminology and criminal justice (BSCCJ) program. This allows students to graduate with a B.S. in criminology and criminal justice and a master of science (M.S.) in criminology and criminal justice (on-campus) or a master of arts (M.A.) in criminal justice (online).

What’s the difference between the M.A. and M.S.?

The M.A. in criminal justice online program is a professional degree designed to provide criminal justice agency professionals with coursework in criminology and the operation of the criminal justice system.

  • Offered completely online - no face-to-face sessions required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) not required for admission
  • Application deadlines:  Rolling admission.  We offer six enrollment sessions throughout the year.  Please see the Graduate College Admissions website for specific application deadlines. http://graduate.asu.edu/admissions/how_to_apply

The M.S. in criminology and criminal justice on-campus program is a research degree program designed to provide students with a high level of theoretical and empirical knowledge about crime and criminal justice. The program provides students with the advanced research skills needed for careers as criminal justice researchers, leadership roles in criminal justice and related agencies and organizations, and for continued study in doctoral programs in criminology and criminal justice.

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) not required for admission
  • Thesis and non-thesis degree completion options are available
  • Fall Application deadline: January 1 
  • Spring Application deadline: October 1
  • Late applications accepted

Eligibility requirements

Students interested in this program must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. 90 credits completed
  2. Completion of research methods (CRJ 302 or ASU course equivalent) with a minimum grade of B and statistics (CRJ 303 or ASU course equivalent) with a minimum grade of B 
  3. Cumulative ASU GPA of 3.40 or higher

Students earning a B.S. in criminal justice can count up to 12 credits of 500 level coursework toward both undergraduate degree requirements and graduate degree requirements.

Application procedure 

Students must apply for admission to the program through ASU Graduate College by submitting an admissions application for either the M.A. (online) or the M.S. program (on-campus).  All applicants must submit the following the following materials:

• An official ASU Graduate College admissions application and fee for the MACJ online or MSCCJ on-campus graduate program. Please visit: https://students.asu.edu/graduate/apply.

• A personal statement, not exceeding three pages, that describes the applicant’s academic goals, any relevant professional experience, and career goals.

• A current resume.

• Two letters of recommendation from faculty members or professional contacts who are best able to evaluate the applicant’s academic potential for graduate study. (WAIVED for ASU BSCCJ students with a 3.5 or higher GPA at the time of application.

Interested students should contact a 4+1 program advisor before applying to the 4+1 program.  Please send an email to gradsccj@asu.edu for more information.

Admitted students

Students will be considered undergraduates until all B.S. program requirements have been completed. Undergraduate students accepted into the 4+1 accelerated program will be eligible to take up to 12 credits of graduate-level courses while in undergraduate status. Students will work closely with a 4+1 program advisor to register for graduate level courses that will be integrated into the student's program.

In consultation with an advisor, the student will develop an integrated plan of study leading to the dual degrees. Note, however, that all colleges, schools, divisions, and departments establish certain academic requirements that must be met before a degree is granted. Advisors, directors, department chairs, and deans are available to help the student understand these requirements, but the student is responsible for fulfilling them. At the end of a student's course of study, if requirements for graduation have not been satisfied, the degree is not granted. For this reason, it is important for all students to acquaint themselves with all regulations, to be informed throughout their college careers, and to be responsible for completing all requirements.