Accelerated Degree Program in Criminal Justice
The Department of Criminal Justice Grad Track pathways are intended to save students time and money while earning their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees by taking graduate-level courses while earning their undergraduate degree. Students can earn both degrees in as few as 5 years.
About the Criminal Justice Grad Track
The Department of Criminal Justice offers grad track pathways for existing UNT undergraduate students majoring in criminal justice. We offer two Grad Track Pathways: 1) MSCJ with Concentration in Theory and Research (campus-based); 2) MSCJ with Concentration in Justice Policy and Administration (100% online). For both Grad Track pathways, students can take up to 6 hours in the first semester of their senior year and up to 6 hours in the second semester of their senior year.
How Grad Track Works
- Apply for the Grad Track Pathway by contacting our department. To apply, students should be in their junior year, meaning they have completed at least 75 credit hours, and should have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. If the GPA is lower, contact us before applying.
- Students begin the pathway at the start of their senior year, meaning they have completed at least 90 credit hours. The below 7 courses are the Grad Track course options. In this Grad Track pathway, students can take up to 6 hours in the first semester of their senior year and up to 6 hours in the second semester of their senior year.
- Students will apply to the Toulouse Graduate School during the first semester of their senior year. Once all coursework for the BS degree is complete and the GPA requirement is met, students will receive full admission to either the MSCJ with Concentration in Theory and Research or the MSCJ with Concentration in Justice Policy and Administration.
- CJUS 5600 - Advanced Criminological Theory (corresponds with CJUS 3600 - Criminology)--SPRING
- CJUS 5000 - Criminal Justice Policy (corresponds with CJUS 4901 - Senior Seminar: Criminal Justice and Public Policy)--FALL
- CJUS 5700 - Evaluation and Research Methodologies (corresponds with CJUS 4700 - Research Methods in Criminal Justice)--FALL
- CJUS 5500 - Seminar in Criminal Justice Administration (corresponds with CJUS 4500 - Administration of Criminal Justice Agencies)--SPRING
- CJUS 5200 - Legal Aspects of the Criminal Justice System (corresponds with CJUS 4200 - Criminal Procedure)--ROTATING
- CJUS 5620 - Seminar in Victimology (corresponds with CJUS 4650 - Victimology)--ROTATING
- CJUS 5900 - Special Problems (corresponds with CJUS 4900 - Special Problems)--FALL/SPRING
The semester Grad Track graduate courses are offered is also listed. We do not offer all graduate courses every semester. This is helpful as students plan their undergraduate degree completion. For example, if a student is wanting to enroll in CJUS 5600, they should avoid completing the corresponding CJUS 3600 course prior to their final spring semester. Students cannot enroll in a Grad Track course if they have already completed the corresponding undergraduate course.
To find out more and Apply
Contact us at MSCJ-Advising@unt.edu