The following is a guide to graduation with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice by completing two years at Ozarks Technical Community College and two years at Missouri State University.
The Criminology and Criminal Justice Comprehensive Degree
The Criminology and Criminal Justice comprehensive degree program at Missouri State University is designed to provide students with the understanding of the criminal behaviors and operations of the Criminal Justice System. It provides the knowledge of the variety of aspects concerning public affairs, societal, political and economic implications and approaches to crime control policy. It examines criminal justice issues, procedures and concepts. The program provides the foundation essential for working in the Criminal Justice System or for furthering your education in law school or graduate school.
To graduate from Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice, you must have completed or transferred the requirements for General Education (as in transferring a AA degree), and the requirements of the Criminology comprehensive major program, and earned a minimum of 125 total credit hours. Forty of the total credit hours must be upper division courses (300 level and above).
In Year 1 and Year 2 at OTC, we expect that you have completed your Associated of Arts (AA) degree which is transferrable to Missouri State University and completes the General Education Requirements for MSU. We also expect that you will have completed CRJ 120, CRJ 110, CRJ 210, and CRJ 225. These four courses available at OTC are transferrable as CRM 210, CRM 250, CRM 260, and CRM 270 at Missouri State University for the Criminology and Criminal Justice degree program. This will account for 12 transfer credit hours in the CRM degree major requirements.
When a student from OTC transfers with their AA degree to Missouri State University and has completed those four CRJ courses at OTC, they may begin the Criminology and Criminal Justice comprehensive degree program beginning with the 300 level coursework.
Your first semester at Missouri State University Criminology and Criminal Justice comprehensive degree program may include:
CRM 320 Criminological Theory (3 hrs.) required
CRM 330 Juvenile Justice (3 hrs.) required
CRM 340 Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3 hrs.) required
And the choice of a CRM elective (3 hrs.) for a total of 12 hours for this semester.
The second semester may include:
CRM 345 Quantitative Analysis for Criminology and Criminal Justice (3 hrs.) required
CRM 365 Criminal Procedures (3 hrs.) required
CRM 380 Criminal Justice Organizations and Management (3 hrs.) required
And a CRM elective choice (3 hrs.) for a total of 12 hours for this semester.
The third semester may include:
CRM 355 Current Issues in Policing - OR - CRM 375 Current Issues in Corrections (3 hrs.) required
CRM 598 Senior Seminar in Criminology (3 hrs.) required
Two CRM electives (3 hrs. each) for a total of 12 hours for this semester
You will now have completed the 45 hours required for the Criminology and Criminal Justice comprehensive degree major at Missouri State University. Forty of the 125 total credit hours must be upper division courses (300 level and above).
A total of 125 hours is required to graduate from Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s degree.
MSU has numerous scholarship opportunities, some targeted specifically toward transfer students. These include:
- Transfer Academic Scholarship, valued at $1,500 per year, for community college transfers with 45 transferable credit hours and a 3.60 cumulative GPA.
- Missouri State Promise Scholarship, a need-based scholarship paying full-time tuition, fees, and book allowance.
Scholarship deadlines are March 1 (fall semester applications) and October 1 (spring semester applications).
For more information on these and other MSU scholarships, including application procedures and limitations, see http://www.missouristate.edu/financialaid/scholarships/