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Criminal Justice and Criminology

Which degree is right for you?


Accelerated Program

Earn your bachelor's and master's degrees in five years!

The Accelerated Dual Degree is a unique program that allows exceptional students to complete both your Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in five years.  You will save time and money, as well as jump start your career.  You will finish your Bachelor’s degree in about seven semesters then seamlessly move into your graduate studies. The Accelerated Program still provides students with the full benefits of the undergraduate and graduate curriculums with no cuts to the core required courses.  Students substitute certain graduate courses for required electives in the undergraduate curriculum. 

There is no special application process for freshmen students.  You will begin your coursework at UCM as an undergraduate student and apply to the accelerated program after completing about 45 hours. 

Students interested in the Accelerated Program should speak to the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Scott Chenault.  

Candidates for the Criminal Justice & Criminology Accelerated Program will:

-Establish they have earned a minimum of 45 undergraduate credit hours taken at UCM

-Establish they have earned a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on all undergraduate coursework

-Submit two satisfactory letters of recommendation

-Submit a 1000 work essay expressing educational and career goals and reasons for pursuing the program, and

-Achieve a composite score of above 300 (quantitative and verbal) on the Revised GRE


Need the flexibility to learn online?

Both Undergraduate and Graduate degrees are offered fully online:

The Criminal Justice & Criminology program at the University of Central Missouri offers a 100% online Criminal Justice degrees so busy students can finish their degree without sacrificing quality or affordability. 

Students choose this program because they desire flexibility and are determined to complete their education.  To be successful in any criminal justice career you must be skilled in critical thinking, the ability to work in a team, and have strong written and verbal communication skills.  Students enrolled in online classes gain these skills and receive the same quality instruction as students enrolled in classes on campus.  In addition, students are given the tools needed to be successful in their search for employment upon graduation.

Bachelor of Science Online

Program Overview:

Degree requirements for the online degree completion program are exactly the same as those for on-campus students.

All core Criminal Justice courses are offered online following a stable rotation.  Check out the schedule and course descriptions.

Program Requirements:

Students seeking admission to the online degree completion program must meet the following requirements:

  • Successfully apply and be admitted to the University of Central Missouri (be sure to click that you are interested in “online” education!
  • Complete the “Online Compatibility Assessment” (Save your scores, you will need them later in the application process!)
  • Reside outside Johnson County, Missouri and/or
  • Be a non-traditional student* and/or active duty military or veteran
  • Take classes exclusively through UCM’s Extended Campus (online or at UCM-Lee's Summit Missouri Innovation Campus) 
  • Complete the Online Application Form
  • * Am I a non-traditional student? Are you:

    • Married?
    • A single parent?
    • Over 24 years old?
    • Have a gap of more than 5 years since you graduated high school?
    • A Veteran?

If you answered “yes” to one of these questions, you are considered a “non-traditional student!”

If you have additional questions contact the Criminal Justice & Criminology program at 660-543-4188 or the Office of Online and Learning Engagement at 660-543-4984.

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Already accepted to UCM? Contact your Success Advisor


Master of Science Online

Program Overview:

The curriculum and requirements for the online Master's program are exactly the same as for the on-campus program.  See our Criminal Justice MS page for full details, deadlines, and a calendar of when courses will be offered.

Admission Criteria:

To be considered for admission into the program of study for the Criminal Justice M.S. degree, the applicant must have earned an undergraduate degree in criminal justice or a related field prior to enrollment in program coursework at UCM and earned a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on all undergraduate course work and 3.00 on all graduate coursework.  Applicants must complete an application through the Office of Graduate Studies and include a personal statement and two letters of recommendation.

A student without a criminal justice degree may be required to complete up to 15 hours of background courses in criminal justice prior to taking graduate level courses. The requirement to take background courses may be waived by the Criminal Justice Graduate Coordinator based on previous courses taken and/or relevant professional experience.

Students with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 to below 3.00 may be considered for admission by the Criminal Justice Graduate Committee upon submission of an extended application.  The extended application includes:

  • Criminal justice major preferred, but not required
  • Cover letter explaining deficient GPA
  • Writing sample based on these prompts
  • Official scores on the GRE General Test (combined score Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning of 300 points and a minimal score of 4.0 on the Analytic Writing Test).

How to Apply:

All applicants must complete an application through the Office of Graduate Studies online.




Lynn Urban
Chair, School of Public Services
Humphreys 300
Tel: (660) 543-4188


Scott Chenault
Graduate Coordinator
Humphreys 301 C - 2
Tel: (600) 543-4951


Benecia Carmack
Internship Coordinator
Humphreys 301 C - 5
Tel: (660) 543-8891


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