Accelerated BA in PPEL 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 Arts in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL) 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 PPEL to MSCJ Program Plan  

Students enrolled in the Accelerated PPEL to MSCJ Program should follow the guidelines below for planning graduate work that begins while enrolled as an undergraduate 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 Status (9 credit hours maximum)

Undergraduate students with accelerated status may take a maximum of 9 credit hours from the list of course below.  These courses can overlap between the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.

CRJU 5100: Victims and the Justice System

CRJU 6010: Criminal Justice Processes and Institutions

CRJU 6050: The Nature of Crime

CRJU 6400: Criminal Justice Policy Analysis

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

CRJU 6510: Seminar in Criminal Justice Ethics

Grades earned in graduate courses that count toward the bachelor’s degree are used in calculating the undergraduate GPA. In addition, Undergraduate Accelerated 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 an Undergraduate Accelerated 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.