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:  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) required for admission. For more information about the GRE please visit - . http://www.ets.org/gre.
  • Thesis and non-thesis degree completion options are available
  • Fall Application deadline: January 1
  • Spring Application deadline: October 1

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 UD equivalent taken at ASU) with a minimum grade of B and statistics (CRJ 303 or UD equivalent taken at ASU) 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 the ASU Graduate College by submitting an admissions application for either the M.A. (online) or the M.S. program (on-campus).  Interested students should first meet with a graduate programs academic advisor to learn more about the program and how to apply.

Please contact the 4+1 program advisor, Shonda Hertle with questions about the bachelor's/master's program, before you apply to the program. You can set up an appointment by calling 602-496-2356 or e-mailing gradsccj@asu.edu.

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 the graduate program advising team to register for the graduate level courses that will be part of the integrated 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.