Accelerated Master’s Program (B.A. or B.S./M.A)

The Accelerated Master’s program (B.A. or B.S./M.A joint degree) makes it possible for highly motivated and qualified undergraduate students who determine early in their postsecondary education that they wish to pursue graduate studies in criminal justice. This five-year joint bachelor of science/master of arts (B.A. or B.S./M.A) program makes it possible to earn a baccalaureate degree from the School of Criminal Justice, Newark College of Arts and Sciences (NCAS), University College-Newark (UC-N), or other participating institutions and a Master’s degree from the School of Criminal Justice.


  1. Completion of 96 undergraduate credits in liberal arts subjects (may include transfer credits);
  2. Satisfactory completion of the core curriculum requirements of NCAS, UC-N or SCJ;
  3. Completion of undergraduate criminal justice major requirements;
  4. A cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or better at NCAS, UC-N or SCJ; and
  5. A 750-word essay on criminal justice issue or GRE results.

Careful planning is necessary to complete the undergraduate requirements with just 96 credits. The B.S./M.A. degree program is generally open only to students who have done all their postsecondary studies at Rutgers University Newark.

Students need to also fulfill all general requirements for admission consideration (e.g., personal statement, three letters of recommendation, etc.). Please note that GRE scores are optional. If the student does not take the GRE, they are required to answer an essay question. All applications are due May 1st and will be reviewed by the M.A. Academic Oversight Committee.
Students interested in this program should contact the Office of Academic Program and Student Services in their first year; an official declaration of intent must be filed during the sophomore year. Application for early admission to the School of Criminal Justice is then made at the beginning of the second semester of the junior year.

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In order to graduate from the School of Criminal Justice, all undergraduate students must complete the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of at least 120 degree credits
  • Successful completion of the college’s core curriculum
  • Successful completion of one of the major programs of study
  • Successful completion of a second concentration*
  • Successful completion of the writing intensive requirement
  • Successfully earning a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or better


  1. Before registering for your final semester schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor.
  2. Before registering for your final semester meet with your faculty advisor in your major and second concentration.
  3. Check “The Grad Finale” Blackboard site for graduation and commencement information.
  4. Apply for graduation via GradTracker.
Diploma DateApplication Deadline
January DegreeOctober 15
May DegreeFebruary 15
October DegreeJuly 30