The accelerated MS in Criminal Justice is designed for high achieving undergraduate students who are pursuing a bachelor's degree in any field and who also wish to obtain a master's of science in criminal justice. Students can earn both degrees with a total of 144 credits rather than the usual 150 credits, and in as few as five years. Students gain enhanced knowledge and skills in the criminal justice field for career development or to help prepare for competitive, sought-after positions. The program takes advantage of the university's proximity to many justice organizations at the federal, state, and local levels in the capital region. The curriculum is designed to give students the skills to work with justice and security agencies in the region.