Accelerated Master's

Jump start your master's degree

The criminology program offers an accelerated master's program for undergraduate criminology majors, which provides preliminary acceptance into the Master of Science in Criminology program.

Criminology major Brandon Hill smiling, posed, in front of a book case.

Through this option, you may take up to 12 hours of graduate credit to satisfy both the requirements for bachelor's and master's degrees in criminology. Please note that only six of these hours may count as electives in the criminology undergraduate program, while the remaining six hours may count as free electives toward the 125 hours required for a bachelor's degree.

Admission requirements for the Accelerated Master's option

  1. Junior standing and an overall GPA of 3.25 or better.
  2. Completion of CRM 210, CRM 320, CRM 340 and six additional hours of CRM with a GPA of 3.40 or better.
  3. Submit a written statement of purpose explaining why the student wants to pursue the accelerated master's program along with the prospective plans following graduation.
  4. Submit two reference letters from faculty familiar with their academic performance.
  5. Be formally admitted to the accelerated master's option by the Criminology Graduate Admissions Committee.

Scheduling requirements

Before enrolling in a course for both undergraduate and graduate credit, you must receive prior approval from the graduate program advisor, the department head and the dean of the Graduate College. All approvals must be completed prior to the end of the change of schedule period for the course.