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Accelerated B.A./M.S. in Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice StudentThis program allows students to earn a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice in as few as five years. You may apply at the beginning of your junior year, and then earn 12 credits toward the master’s degree in your senior year, and complete the program in one additional year by taking 24 more credits.

The 153-credit accelerated program combines a broad-based liberal arts undergraduate education with specialized graduate coursework. The program develops the professional knowledge and skills required for rewarding careers within the field of criminal justice. We offer a wide variety of courses specifically related to the study of law. Experienced faculty members, a well-established internship program, professional networking opportunities, and knowledgeable academic and career advisors empower our students to get the most out of their education.

Alumni of our program are employed in a wide variety of professional positions within the criminal justice system, including law enforcement officers, federal agents, security officers, prosecutors, corrections counselors, judges, attorneys, private security professionals, homeland security agents, forensic technologists, crime lab technicians, emergency managers, FBI agents and social service representatives.

Qualities That Set Our Programs Apart


  • Our full-time faculty is an internationally renowned group of academic professionals, and our adjunct professors are working criminal justice professionals, including attorneys, judges and law enforcement officials.
  • The LIU Post Department of Criminal Justice was one of the first on the East Coast to establish an internship program. All criminal justice majors intern in the field, and have access to an extraordinary network of criminal justice professionals, making it possible to be offered positions upon graduation.
  • The curriculum provides excellent preparation for entry into law school.
  • Students have access to knowledgeable advisors who actively help students progress through their studies and prepare for their careers.