Accelerated Master's

A quicker path to the finish line

In the accelerated option, you earn credit for both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the same time.

Graduate sooner. Save time and money.

How it works

Apply during your junior year, if you meet the admission requirements detailed below.

Up to 12 hours of graduate credit will count toward both your bachelor’s and master’s degree.

Once you’ve completed your bachelor’s degree, you can finish the master’s degree in only two more semesters and one summer.

Scheduling requirements

Work with your advisor to fill out the mixed credit permission form (.pdf). 

Before you enroll in a course for both undergraduate and graduate credit, you must receive approval from:

  • The criminology graduate program advisor
  • The criminology department head
  • The dean of the Graduate College

You must receive all approvals prior to the end of the change of schedule period for the course.

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.

Accelerated Master's Degree option

Eligible Missouri State undergraduate majors in criminology may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Master of Science program in Criminology after admission requirements for the accelerated master's option have been satisfied. This option allows a student to take up to 12 hours of graduate credit counting toward both the requirements for the bachelor's and master's degrees in criminology. However, only six of these hours may count as electives in the criminology undergraduate program, with the remaining six hours counting as free electives toward the 125 credit hours required for the undergraduate degree.

If accepted, it is possible for a student to earn the Master of Science in Criminology by taking an additional two semesters and one summer beyond the completion of the Bachelor's degree, accumulating 143 total credits as opposed to the 155 required for students not in the accelerated program, assuming the student selects the thesis option. If the student elects the non-thesis option, they must complete at least 149 total hours as opposed to the 161 required for students not in the accelerated program.

Before enrolling in a course to be counted as both undergraduate and graduate credit, an undergraduate student must be accepted into the accelerated program and receive prior approval from the graduate program advisor, department head, and Graduate College. Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the course(s). Contact the Graduate College for further information.