Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

The Accelerated B.A./M.A. combination degree option allows undergraduate students to pursue coursework to complete their Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts criminal justice degrees in five years. This accelerated program employs a curriculum that allows students to complete 120 undergraduate level credits and 30-36 graduate level credits in five years. Undergraduate students begin graduate level coursework in their fourth year. The program culminates in either a thesis or non-thesis M.A. degree suitable for students pursuing careers in law enforcement or courts administration, or further study in a law school or doctoral program outside the University of Nevada, Reno. The courses in criminal justice cover a full range of the discipline, both in terms of substance and methodology.

Students apply for admission to the accelerated program in the Spring semester of their third year at the University of Nevada, Reno. Students in the accelerated program complete social science degrees preparing them for advanced criminal justice careers, criminal justice doctoral programs and law school.

The accelerated B.A. and M.A. in criminal justice program is recommended for students who desire an advanced understanding of the criminal justice system, law and related areas. The accelerated program is not intended to serve as a professional training program; rather it is an academically centered program that focuses on the ethical, administrative, scientific and behavioral aspects of the criminal justice system and its various parts. All students must complete a core of required courses that focus broadly on the criminal justice system and its components. The accelerated B.A. and M.A. in criminal justice program focuses on the criminal justice system, its components, and administration, criminological theory and issues of theory, diversity, myth and ethics.

Why study criminal justice at the University of Nevada, Reno?

Criminal justice students perform critical evaluation of how the administration of justice actually operates in American society. The mission of the department is to train model citizens and build a knowledgeable community on the field of criminal justice. In addition, students learn effective research methods, critical thinking and writing skills essential for criminal justice and justice-related careers in today's society.

Internships/career opportunities

Internships provide one of the best opportunities for students to experience their chosen career path. Students can apply knowledge acquired in the classroom to real-life practical application. In addition to on-the-job experience, interns network with working professionals in the criminal justice and related justice fields.

If you are interested in an internship or learning more about criminal justice internships, including possible agencies/organizations, please contact Lauren Anderson, Internship Coordinator, at (775) 682-8847.

Check out the Department of Criminal Justice