Accelerated MS in Criminal Justice

Catalog Year: 2024-2025

Banner Code: LA-MS-ACEL-CJUS

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Bachelor's Degree (any)/Criminal Justice, Accelerated MS


Highly-qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's program and obtain a BA/BS in a chosen major and an MS in Criminal Justice in an accelerated time-frame after satisfactory completion of a minimum of 138 credits.

See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees for policies related to this program.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

BAM Pathway Admission Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Policies and Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees policies. For information specific to this degree, see the department's website

Students will be considered for admission into the BAM Pathway after completion of a minimum of 60 credits, 15 upper-level credits completed at Mason, and a minimum overall GPA of 3.50.

Students who are accepted into the BAM Pathway will be allowed to register for graduate level courses after successful completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits.

Accelerated Master's Admission Requirements

Students already admitted in the BAM Pathway will be admitted to the MS program, if they have met the following criteria, as verified on the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition form.

  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.25
  • Successfully meeting Mason's requirements for undergraduate degree conferral (graduation) and completing the application for graduation.

Accelerated Pathway Requirements

To maintain the integrity and quality of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, undergraduate students interested in taking graduate courses must choose from the following:

Advanced Standing courses (up to 12 credits)

Courses include any graduate CRIM course with the exception of CRIM 517 Research Practicum in Justice Policy and Practice. Accelerated master's students will work with undergraduate and graduate advisors to select courses for their plan of study.

Reserve Graduate Credit courses (up to 6 credits) taken while an undergraduate and will only count for the graduate degree program

Any graduate CRIM course with the exception of CRIM 517 Research Practicum in Justice Policy and Practice

For more detailed information on coursework and timeline requirements see AP 6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees policies.