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Department of Criminal Justice

Humphreys Building 300
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4950



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Criminal Justice Accelerated Dual Degree Program

Bachelor of Science & Master of Science Degree

Dr. Melissa Petkovsek, Graduate Program Coordinator
E-mail: Petkovsek@ucmo.edu

Department of Criminal Justice

Humphreys 301A-2

Warrensburg, MO 64093

660-543-4270

 

MISSION STATEMENT

It is the mission of the Department of Criminal Justice to ensure that all our graduates master a comprehensive curriculum in criminal justice which is dynamic, rigorous, and that prepares them to excel and become leaders in their profession and contribute to the betterment of society.

EXPECTED STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

The graduate with a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice will use the knowledge and skill obtained in the program to:

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This 140 credit-hour program combines the BS in Criminal Justice with the MS in Criminal Justice degrees and provides the student with a seamless path to complete the credit hours that are now required for these two degrees.

WHY CHOOSE THIS PROGRAM?

This program allows students to:

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Candidates for this program will need to:

APPLICATION DUE DATES

To be considered for admission into the Criminal Justice Accelerated Dual Degree program ,it is recommended that students apply as soon as they have completed 45 credit hours at UCM .This will help to ensure appropriate planning for the remainder of course requirements. All applicants will be notified of their admission status via an email and official letter.

Students desiring to begin graduate work in the summer or fall semester should submit all application materials Coordinator by March 1. Students desiring to begin graduate work in the spring semester should submit all application materials by October 1.  Priority consideration will be given to students who meet these deadlines. Beyond the priority consideration dates the Criminal Justice Graduate Committee will meet monthly to review completed applications. All applicants will be notified of their admission status via an official letter. Admission decisions will be based upon the merit of the application and the available space in the program for the student.

Applicants must complete an application via the Graduate School, as well as submit an application directly to the Graduate Program Coordinator. The Graduate School online application can be found below. Official GRE General Test scores should be submitted directly to the Graduate School. Letters of Recommendation should be submitted directly from letter writers to the Graduate Program Coordinator, via email or post. Applicants should send their Accelerated Dual Degree Program Application and writing sample directly to the Graduate Program Coordinator, via email or post.

 

ONLINE FORM

Use the following form to formally apply for this program.

Graduate Application for Admission


Accelerated Dual Degree Program Application

Instructions for Writing Sample

SUGGESTED FIVE YEAR PLAN

Freshman Year – 1st Semester
Hours   Freshman Year – 2nd Semester Hours

General Education
ENGL 1020 Composition I (Gen Ed)
CJ 1000 Introduction to CJ (Gen Ed)
CJ 1605 Orientation to the Major
Semester Total

9
3
3
1
16

General Education
CJ 3010 Policing a Democratic Society
ENGL 1030  Composition II (Gen Ed)
  or GTE 3060 (Gen Ed)
Semester Total

9
3
3

15

 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester Hours   Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester Hours

General Education
CJ 2700 Intro to Juvenile Justice
CJ 2300 Criminal Law and Procedure
Semester Total

9
3
3
15

General Education
CJ 3006 Corrections
CJ 2010 Ethics in Criminal Justice              Free Choice Electives
Semester Total

6
3
3
3           15

Suggested: Prepare for GRE during Sophmore year. Take GRE by begginning of Junior year. Apply to Accelerated program by first semester, Junior year.

 

Junior Year – 1st Semester Hours   Junior Year – 2nd Semester Hours

CJ 4503 Dynamics of Criminal Behavior
CJ 3605 Junior Seminar in Crim Justice
Free Choice Electives
Semester Total

3

1

12

16

CJ 3600 Intro to CJ Research & Statistics
Approved CJ Undergraduate Electives
Free Choice Electives
Semester Total

3

6

8

17

 
4th Year – Final Semester Undergrad Hours   4th Year – 1st Semester  Grad Hours

CJ 4020 Crime, Justice, Social Diversity
CJ 4605 Senior Seminar
Approved CJ Undergraduate Elective
Free Choice Electives                             CJ 5000 CJ Philosophy and Policy           Semester Total

3
1
3
6

3

16

CJ 5620 Methods of CJ Research
CJ 5006 Comparative & Int'l CJ Systems
Approved Graduate Elective

 

Semester Total

3
3
3

 

9

 
5th Year – First Semester Hours   5th Year – 2nd Semester Hours

CJ 5000 CJ 5610 Statistics for CJ
CJ 5003 Causes of Crime
CJ 5102 Administration in CJ
Semester Total

Thesis Track: Begin CJ 6600 Thesis

3
3
3
9

3
CJ 5301 Legal Aspects of the CJ System
CJ 5600 Individual Research
Approved Graduate Elective
Semester Total

Thesis track: Finish CJ 6600 Thesis; do not take CJ 5600, and subtract one Graduate Elective.
3
3
6
12

3

*CJ 1000 fulfills 3 s.h. of a Div.II B

^ENGL 1020 fulfils 3 s.h. of Div.I A

^^ENGL 1030 fulfills 3 s.h. Div I A

** AE 1400 (1hr.) is highly recommended for academic success.AE 1400 counts as a free choice elective.

Please see the current UCM Course Catalog for information on other Criminal Justice courses.