Accelerated BS in Criminal Justice to MS in Criminal Justice Program Policy

Please see the Graduate College’s Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Program webpage and official Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Program Policy for information pertaining to all Accelerated Programs.

Admissions Requirements

Students interested in pursuing the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) to Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) Program must complete the following application requirements:  

1.      By the start of the student’s Accelerated 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.      Official transcripts from all universities attended;

4.      One letter of recommendation from a full-time BGSU faculty member, preferably in criminal justice;

5.      A personal statement (250 to 750 words) describing how the MSCJ degree will help the student reach his or her career goals; 

6.      A current resume outlining educational background, work or internship experience, community services, leadership activities, and any awards or honors.

Accelerated BSCJ to MSCJ Program Plan  

Students enrolled in the Accelerated BSCJ to MSCJ Program should follow the guidelines below for planning graduate work that begins while enrolled as an undergraduate (pre-master’s) student, followed by the courses taken after fully enrolled as a graduate student in the MSCJ program. In order to complete this plan in an accelerated format, students typically complete the Plan II (non-thesis) option involving a comprehensive exam or portfolio project. 

Undergraduate Accelerated (Pre-Master’s) Status (9 credit hours maximum)

Undergraduate students with accelerated (pre-master’s) status may take a maximum of 9 credit hours of CRJU/FORI prefix courses at the 5000 or 6000 level (e.g., CRJU 6010). However, pre-master’s students must consult with the Graduate Coordinator in order to register for any graduate course or to have any graduate course satisfy an undergraduate degree requirement (e.g., core course or core elective course).

Outlined below (numbered 1 to 3) is guidance on how graduate courses completed as a pre-master’s student may satisfy certain undergraduate course requirements in criminal justice.   

1. The following graduate courses may substitute for a core course requirement under the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice:

CRJU 6020 for DHS 3000

CRJU 6050 for SOC 4410

CRJU 6100 for CRJU 2200

CRJU 6150 for CRJU 3300

CRJU 6200 for CRJU 2500

CRJU/FORI 5000 or 6000 level course for CRJU: Elective

2. Any CRJU/FORI 5000 or 6000 level course may substitute for a core elective under the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

3. Any FORI 5000 or 6000 level course may substitute for a specialization elective under the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Forensic Investigations specialization.

Grades earned in graduate courses that count toward the bachelor’s degree are used in calculating the undergraduate GPA. In addition, pre-master’s students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better in their graduate courses to fully enroll as a graduate student in the MSCJ program.

Graduate Accelerated Status

All graduate courses completed as a pre-master’s student count toward the MSCJ degree (9 credit hours maximum). Once fully enrolled in the MSCJ program, the student then completes the remaining required courses, elective courses, and capstone experience needed for the MSCJ degree.

The MSCJ degree (33 total credit hours) consists of 6 required courses (18 credit hours), 5 specialization or elective courses (15 credit hours), and a capstone experience.

Required Courses (18 credit hours)

CRJU 6010: Criminal Justice Processes and Institutions

CRJU 6020: Research Methods in Criminal Justice

CRJU 6030: Data Analysis and Interpretation in Criminal Justice

CRJU 6050: The Nature of Crime

CRJU 6400: Criminal Justice Policy Analysis

CRJU 6510: Seminar in Criminal Justice Ethics

Specialization or Elective Courses (15 credit hours)

The on-campus MSCJ program offers two specializations: forensic investigation and victims and offenders (see below).

Forensic Investigation Specialization:

FORI 5400: Law, Evidence, and Procedure in Forensic Science

FORI 6000: Crime Scene Techniques

FORI 6010: Elements of Forensic Science

FORI 6100: Criminalistics

FORI ####: Other FORI-prefix course not listed here

CRJU 6100: Seminar in Contemporary Policing

Victims and Offenders Specialization:

CRJU 5100: Victims and the Justice System

CRJU 6150: Seminar in Contemporary Juvenile Justice

CRJU 6200: Seminar in Contemporary Corrections

CRJU 6210: Intermediate Punishments

CRJU 6220: Treatment and Assessments

CRJU 6500: Race, Gender, and Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice

FORI 6250: Exploitation Crime

Capstone Experience

Choose one:

Plan I: Thesis option

Plan II: Non-thesis option involving comprehensive exam or portfolio project

Accelerated students typically complete the Plan II (non-thesis) option.      

[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).