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About accelerated degrees in criminal justice

An accelerated bachelors/masters program is available for students currently admitted in the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology program. This allows students to graduate with a B.S. in criminology and criminal justice and a Master of Science (M.S.) in criminal justice or a Master of Arts (M.A.) in criminal justice.


What’s the difference between the M.A. and M.S.?

The M.A. program is a professional degree designed to provide criminal justice agency professionals with course work in criminology and the operation of the criminal justice system.

  • Offered completely online
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) not required for admission
  • Application deadlines:
    ASU offers this program in a fully online format - no face-to-face sessions required. We offer six enrollment sessions throughout the year.  Please see the Graduate College Admissions website for specific application deadlines.

The M.S. program is designed to provide students with the advanced research skills needed to prepare them for criminal justice research and/or continued study in doctoral programs in criminology and/or criminal justice.

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required for admission 
  • Completion of thesis required
    (original research project supervised by a faculty chair and two committee members)
  • Application deadline:
    Fall Admission only: February 1


Eligibility Requirements

Students interested in this program must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. 90 credits completed
  2. Completion of research methods (CRJ 302 or equivalent) with a minimum grade of B and statistics (CRJ 303 or equivalent) with a minimum grade of B
  3. Completion of at least one 400-level criminology and criminal justice course at ASU
  4. Cumulative ASU GPA of 3.40 or higher
  5. Have a faculty member in SCCJ who has agreed to serve as student’s advisor and to supervise student’s work during senior year and graduate program

Students earning a B.S. in criminal justice can use 12 credits of 500 level course work toward undergraduate degree requirements and graduate degree requirements.


Application Procedure 

Students must apply for admission to the program through the ASU Graduate College by submitting an application form for the accelerated program in criminal justice. Interested students should meet with their academic advisor to learn more about the program and how to apply.

Before admission to the bachelor/masters program, the student will need to identify a faculty advisor.

Please contact an undergraduate advisor with questions about the bachelors/masters program, before you apply to the program. You can set up an appointment by calling 602-496-2356 or e-mailing


Admitted Students

Students will be considered undergraduates until all B.S. program requirements have been completed. Undergraduate students accepted into the accelerated program will be eligible for graduate-level courses and seminars. Students must contact the course instructor to be approved to reserve graduate courses for the integrated program.

 In consultation with the faculty advisor, the student will develop an integrated plan of study (iPOS) leading to the dual degrees.



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