Accelerated CRJU to MS in Criminal Justice Policy

Students who wish to work toward both a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Criminal Justice may do so in our Accelerated CRJU to MSCJ program if the student meets all application requirements. This accelerated plan provides the opportunity for students to complete both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in an efficient and effective format, normally in five years.  Undergraduate students who meet all the application requirements and are selected for enrollment into the MSCJ program earn Pre-Master’s status as an undergraduate until they are officially graduated with their Bachelor’s degree and earn Graduate Student Status.  Once having earned Pre-Master’s status, an undergraduate student is able to enroll in the graduate courses and follow the program plan outlined in the attached Accelerated CRJU to MSCJ Program Plan.

Admissions Requirements

Students interested in pursuing the Accelerated CRJU to MSCJ program plan must complete the following application requirements:

1.      By the start of Pre-Master’s status, they must have either:
            - 75 credit hours earned and an overall BGSU GPA of at least 3.2 [1], or 
            - 90 credit hours earned and an overall BGSU GPA of at least 3.0;

2.      A completed Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Program Application;

3.      Transcripts from the registration and records office at BGSU [2]; 

4.      One letter of recommendation from a full-time BGSU faculty member, preferably from graduate faculty within the student’s major or targeted graduate program;

Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Graduate College Policies

Student Status Once accepted into an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program, the student remains coded as an undergraduate student with Pre-Master’s status and officially becomes coded as a graduate student once the student has earned the bachelor’s degree.  The student’s coding as an undergraduate or graduate student is associated with other BGSU policies pertaining to degree status.

Credit hour policies The following policies apply to students in all Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s programs.

  1. After being accepted into an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program, students may take up to 12 credit hours of graduate credit while maintaining undergraduate status.
  2. Subject to program approval, students may apply a maximum of 12 credit hours to both the bachelor’s and master’s programs.  However, the ability to apply credit hours to both the undergraduate and graduate degree is influenced by each program’s minimum credit hour requirements (see policy #3).  Please note, credit hours will only appear once on the Academic transcript.  Because the Master of Science in Forensic Science program includes the state of Ohio minimum of 30 credit hours, very few students will be permitted to dual count courses for both the Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree. 
  3. At the end of both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, a student must have a minimum of 150 discrete semester credit hours (120 + 30 = 150 state of Ohio regulated minimum credits).  However, it is also the case that if a graduate program is an approved program for more than 30 credit hours (e.g., 36), then students must have successfully taken at least that number of graduate credit hours (e.g., 36) somewhere on their transcripts.
  4. Pre-Master’s students may enroll in 5000 and 6000 level graduate classes (not 7000).
  5. All graduate policies pertaining to graduate credit hours, time to degree, and other regulations are also applicable to Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program students.

Tuition Students enrolled in Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s programs with Pre-Master’s status will pay tuition at the undergraduate rate through the completion of the bachelor’s degree.  Thereafter, students will be coded as graduate students and pay the graduate rate for tuition and fees.  

Financial Aid Students will be eligible for financial aid based on their BGSU student status as either an undergraduate or graduate student.  During a student’s Pre-Master’s status, they remain coded as undergraduate students and may be eligible for financial aid but not graduate assistantships. Once students become regularly admitted graduate students with full graduate student status, they may be eligible for graduate-level financial assistance, including graduate assistantships with stipends and/or graduate tuition scholarships.

Program Withdrawal A student admitted to an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program with a Pre-Master’s status may withdraw from the program and continue as a traditional undergraduate student toward the completion of the bachelor’s degree.

Program Dismissal Students who fail to maintain minimum requirements for adequate academic graduate standing will lose Pre-Master’s status, and as a result will be unable to continue taking graduate level courses. Under these conditions, if adequate standing is maintained for their undergraduate program, the student may continue in the bachelor’s degree program.

Accelerated CRJU to MSCJ Program Plan

Students enrolled in the accelerated CRJU top MSCJ program plan should follow the following course schedule below for planning out graduate work that begins while still enrolled as an undergraduate student, followed by the courses taken when fully enrolled as a graduate student in the MSCJ program.  In order to complete this plan in an accelerated format (4 years undergraduate + 1 year graduate), students will enroll with the Plan II option (non-thesis) and complete the comprehensive examination or portfolio project.

Pre-Master’s Status (limited to 12 credits maximum)

Pre-Master's students may enroll in 5000 and 6000 level graduate classes (not 7000).

Master’s Degree Graduate Student Status

Courses to be taken as part of the MSCJ degree program must include at least 18 credit hours at the 6000 level.  

Master of Science in Criminal Justice (33 Credit Hours)

Required Core Courses (15 hours)                              

               CRJU 5010 Criminal Justice Processes and Institutions (3 credits)
                 CRJU 5050 The Nature of Crime (3 credits)
                 CRJU 5100 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3 credits)
                 CRJU 5150 Data Analysis the Interpretation in Criminal Justice (3 credits)

               CRJU 6400 Criminal Justice Policy Analysis (3 credits)

Elective Courses (18 Credit Hours)

CRJU 5200 Organization and Management of Criminal Justice (3 credits)

CRJU 5860 Workshop in Criminal Justice (1-3 credits)

CRJU 6100 Seminar in Contemporary Policing (3 credits)

CRJU 6150 Seminar in Contemporary Juvenile Justice (3 credits)

CRJU 6200 Seminar in Contemporary Corrections (3 credits)

CRJU 6210 Intermediate Punishments in the Community (3 credits)

CRJU 6300 Seminar in Criminal Justice Legal Issues (3 credits)

CDRJU 6310 Seminar in Court Administration (3 credits)

CRJU 6450 Issues in Justice Administration (3 credits)

CRJU 6500 Race, Gender and Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice (3 credits)

CRJU 6510 Seminar in Criminal Justice Ethics (3 credits)

CRJU 6550 Crime Analysis (3 credits)

CRJU 6820 Topics in Criminal Justice (3 credits)

CRJU 6860 Independent Study in Criminal Justice

CRJU 6990 Thesis Research (1-3 credits)

Capstone Experience:

Plan I: Thesis Option

This option requires the student to undertake original research and prepare and defend a written thesis based on the findings of the research.  Students electing this option will be required to enroll for a minimum of 3 thesis hours in addition to the other course requirements.  Typically the thesis will require at least 1 additional semester to complete.  Students must select a thesis committee consisting of at least 2 members, both of whom must be a faculty member.  Students may add a professional in the field as an outside third member.

Plan II: Comprehensive Examination Option

Under this option students will sit and take a comprehensive examination based on the required core courses in the program.  The exam is given after completion of all core courses and is graded by the faculty who teach those courses.

Plan II: Portfolio Option

Students may choose to compile a portfolio of research work/papers as a capstone project in lieu of completing a thesis. Students choosing this option will develop formal written projects in CRJU 5010, 5050, 5100, 5200, and 6400.  Once these projects are completed, the student will write a reflective paper addressing the issues and needs that they see remain to be addressed in the criminal justice field.  This portfolio will be assessed by a faculty committee.

[1] For the purposes of this policy, BGSU GPA is calculated based on BGSU credits only. However, credits transferred into BGSU may be counted as part of credit hours earned (not GPA).
[2] The graduate college will obtain these records.