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
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.
Degree requirements for the online degree completion program are exactly the same as those for on-campus students.
Students seeking admission to the online degree completion program must meet the following requirements:
* Am I a non-traditional student? Are you:
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.
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.
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:
All applicants must complete an application through the Office of Graduate Studies online.