Criminal Justice and Legal Studies

School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi

Accelerated Degree Option in Criminal Justice BCJ/MCJ 4+1 Program

What is the 4+1 program?

The Department of Criminal Justice & Legal Studies offers an accelerated bachelor’s/master’s program for students currently admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ). This allows the student to graduate with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a Master of Criminal Justice(MCJ) within five years. As part of this program, students can take up to 12 credits (i.e., four courses) in the in-person Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) Program during their final year of their bachelor program.

How do I get admitted to the 4+1 program?

Students interested in pursuing the 4+1 accelerated degree program,  have completed 90 credit hours of undergraduate coursework and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or above to be eligible. Students would apply for admission to the MCJ program during their junior year of undergraduate or when they have completed 90 credit hours of undergraduate coursework. Students must meet the qualifications for admission into the MCJ program.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must have completed 90 credit hours of undergraduate coursework completed
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Completion of Criminal Justice Communications (CJ 322) or Advanced Composition (Writ 250) (or equivalent writing course) with a minimum grade of B.

Application Procedure

Interested students should first meet with the graduate program advisor, Dr. Kimberly Kaiser, and the undergraduate advisor, Ms. Crystal Dunn, to learn more about the program and how to apply. Typically, students will apply for the 4+1 during their final semester of their junior year. Undergraduate students participating in the 4+1 program will follow the typical application process for the MCJ program during the Fall or Spring of their senior year.