Criminal Justice and Legal Studies
School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi
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 program offers our outstanding, advanced undergraduate students the opportunity to begin earning credit towards their graduate degree while they complete the final requirements for the undergraduate degree. 

How many credit hours can I take towards a graduate degree while completing my undergraduate studies?

12 credits. Students can take up to 2 graduate level courses per semester during their senior year. 

What graduate courses can I take while in the 4+1 program? 

  • CJ 600 Criminal Justice Administration
  • CJ 601 Criminal Justice Statistics
  • CJ 602 Criminal Justice Research Methods
  • CJ 624 Theories of Criminal Behavior
  • CJ 620 Criminal Justice in American Society: Policy & Practice
  • CJ 621 Seminar in Law Enforcement
  • CJ 622 Seminar in Courts and Sentencing
  • CJ 623 Seminar in Corrections
  • CJ 641 Transnational Crime

What are the eligibility requirements?

Students will typically apply to the 4+1 program during their final semester of their junior year to start taking graduate level classes in their senior year of undergraduate studies. Students are welcome to apply as long as they have at least one semester of undergraduate coursework remaining. 

Students interested in pursuing the 4+1 accelerated degree program, must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a Criminal Justice major
  • 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. 

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

Interested students should first meet with the graduate program advisor, Dr. Kimberly Kaiser and the undergraduate advisor, Ms. Wesley Notestine, to review their eligibility for the program. 

Students must be accepted into a Launch PAAD and complete the requisite GradSHARK Launch PAAD Application Form for the Graduate School (the form requires approval from your undergraduate advisor and the Graduate Program Coordinator for the area of graduate study you intend to pursue). After the student is accepted into the Launch PAAD, the student will need to complete the GradSHARK Launch PAAD Course Enrollment Form each term (students will not officially be registered for graduate courses until this form is complete).    

For more information about participation in the GradSHARK Launch PAAD, guidelines, financial aid and available areas of study, please see the GradSHARK Launch PAAD homepage.