2020-2021 Academic Catalog

B.S. in Criminal Justice to M.A. in Applied Criminology

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree explores broad concepts related to the field of criminal justice. Concentrations under this degree also allow students to focus study on:

  • Criminology
  • Cyber Forensics
  • Forensic Science
  • Homeland and International Security
  • Law and Justice 

Qualified undergraduate students in the Criminal Justice program and its concentrations may be eligible to participate in the accelerated B.S.-to-M.A. program, which enables them to take graduate courses that apply to both their bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and (thereafter) a master's degree in Criminal Justice: Applied Criminology. 

The Applied Criminology concentration of the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Studies presents advanced criminological theories and examines behavioral manifestations of violent offenders. It provides students with sophisticated techniques needed to apply an analytical framework to real-world situations. 

Program Coordinator

Dr. John Cencich


The following curriculum shows the requirements for completing the bachelor's degree under the accelerated B.S.-to-M.A. program. Additional graduate-level courses are required to complete the master's degree; refer to the graduate academic catalog for these requirements.

Course Credits
General Education Courses 40-41
Required Major Courses 33
Concentration Courses (if applicable) and Related Electives 9-21
Additional Electives  13-26
Graduate Courses
(may be applied toward related or additional electives)
CRM 710  Advanced Behavioral Crime Analysis Theory 3
CRM 820  Ethical and Legal Aspects of Criminology 3
CRM 830  Criminal Investigative Analysis 3
CRM 840  Equivocal Death Analysis 3
Total 120

Program Notes

  • Graduate courses cannot be applied to any undergraduate core courses but can be applied to all criminal justice electives or additional electives, regardless of concentration. 
  • Graduate credits may count toward some criminal justice concentration requirements with approval of adviser.

Additional Requirements

Undergraduate students in the accelerated program may register for no more than 6 graduate credits in any one term, and in terms when a graduate course is registered, the student may not register for more than 18 total credits.

It is the student’s responsibility to apply and meet the qualifications of the graduate program portion of the accelerated program. Failure to follow through with enrollment in the accelerated graduate program will result in additional undergraduate credits to complete the bachelor’s degree, as outlined in the Undergraduate Credit for Graduate Courses policy.

Additional accelerated program requirements may be found at:  https://www.calu.edu/inside/forms/_files/academic-affairs/accelerated-program-application.pdf

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