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Criminal Justice


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

This 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 144-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.

Admission Requirements

  • Incoming freshmen must have a solid B average (3.0 or 82-85 grade point average) and an average SAT score of 1000 (Critical Reading and Math combined) or ACT Composite of 20 or above. Transfer students must have completed more than 24 college credits. A minimum college GPA of 2.0 is required for application review. When students have completed fewer than 24 credits, they must also submit high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores.
  • Admission to the upper division of the B.A./M.S. in Criminal Justice program (master’s degree level) requires completion of at least 60 credits with a grade point average of no lower than 3.0 (B) overall and a major grade point average of no lower than 3.0 (B). Admission requires acceptance of the student by the chairman of the graduate program in the Department of Criminal Justice. If the student does not possess the necessary 3.0 average, the chairman may employ other criteria to insure qualification (e.g., SAT scores, letters of prior work, interview, etc.).

Academic Policies

All non-Criminal Justice majors may take any criminal justice course without any prerequisites.

All Criminal Justice majors are required to take CRJ 11 and 23 as prerequisites or co-requisites for CRJ 20, 30, 37, 38, 41, 44, 68, 76 and 85. There are no prerequisites for Criminal Justice elective courses.

Criminal justice majors must take CRJ 20 and 85 in their senior year.

In-service students may substitute CRJ 85 by completing two advanced courses in Criminal Justice.

Check out the LIU Post Undergraduate Bulletin to learn about degree requirements, course descriptions, and more.


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Nathaniel Bowditch, Dean