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Accelerated BS/MS in CJ

Bachelor & Master of Science
Accelerated Dual Degree

Criminal Justice

Central Missouri’s undergraduate criminal justice program takes a balanced approach of classroom studies and hands-on experience. Our comprehensive curriculum features courses in all the primary areas of criminal justice such as policing, courts, corrections and juvenile justice. Other courses of interest include criminal investigation, criminal justice management, victimology, international justice and terrorism.

The University of Central Missouri’s Department of Criminal Justice is one of the oldest and most respected criminal justice programs in the world. Since its creation in 1962, the criminal justice program has been among the leaders in preparing students for careers in law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice, graduate school, entry into law school and more.

There are currently 17 full time faculty and approximately 790 students enrolled in criminal justice programs at UCM.  The program boasts four student organizations which provide a wide variety of academic and professional experiences for students.  Additionally, the department houses the Institute of Justice and International Studies. 

Why Choose this Program?

This program allows students to:

  • Save time by graduating one year sooner with a Masters and Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice,
  • Save on the cost of being in school for a sixth year, and
  • Enroll in a unique CJ program that is not offered by any other college in the state.

Requirements for Acceptance

Candidates for the program will need to:

  • Establish that they have earned a minimum of 45 credit-hours of undergraduate students taken at UCM,
  • Establish that they have earned a minimum of 3.0 GPA on all completed undergraduate work,
  • Submit 2 satisfactory letters of recommendation
  • Submit a 1000-word essay expressing educational and career goals and reasons for interest in the program, and
  • Achieve a composite score of above 300 (quantitative and verbal) on the Revised GRE.

Program Requirements

Undergraduate Core Courses (39 credit hours)
*CJ 1000 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJ 1605 Orientation to the CJ Major 1
CJ 2010 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
CJ 2300 Criminal Law & Procedure 3
CJ 2700 Introduction to Juvenile Justic 3
CJ 3006 Corrections 3
CJ 3010 Policing a Democratic Society 3
CJ 3600 Intro to Crim. Justice Research & Stats 3
CJ 3605 Junior Seminar in Criminal Justice 1
CJ 4020 Crime, Justice & Social Diversity 3
CJ 4605 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice 1
CJ 4503 Dynamics of Criminal Behavior 3
Undergraduate Criminal Justice electives 9

General Education Requirements (39 credit hours)
*CJ 1000 is used in General Education Requirements

Free Electives &/or Minor (29 credit hours)

Minimum Undergraudate Total Hours: 107 credit hours

Graduate Core Courses (21 credit hours)
CJ 5000 The Criminal Justice System 3
CJ 5003 Criminal Justice Studies in Group Behavior 3
CJ 5006 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems 3
CJ 5102 Administration in Criminal Justice 3
CJ 5301 Legal Aspects of the Criminal Justice Sys 3
CJ 5610 Statistics for Criminal Justice 3
CJ 5620 Methods of Criminal Justice Research 3

Research (12 credit hours)
      - Thesis Option -
CJ 6600 Thesis 6
Department Approved Graduate Electives 6
     - Non-Thesis Option -
CJ 5600 Individual Research 3
Department Approved Graduate Electives 9

Minimum Graduate Total Hours: 33 credit hours

Minimum Dual Degree Program Total Hours: 140 credit hours

Questions About the Program

Dr. Melissa Petkovsek

Program Coordinator


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