The accelerated BA and MA in Criminal Justice program is recommended for students who desire an advanced understanding of the criminal justice system, criminological theory, policy, 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.

The program offers two tracks — thesis and non-thesis — and is open to students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program. Students complete graduate courses during their fourth and fifth years of study at the University.

Program director

Weston J. Morrow, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Graduate Director
Department of Criminal Justice
(775) 682-8920

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Speak to a program member by completing our form and providing your contact information. We're happy to answer any questions you have and guide you through the application process.

Admission requirements

Applicants must be current students in the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program and meet the following admission requirements:

  • Overall GPA. Have a 3.2 overall cumulative undergraudate grade point average (GPA)
  • Criminal justice GPA. Have a 3.5 overall GPA in criminal justice courses
  • Undergraduate coursework. Have completed 75 credits of undergraduate coursework
  • Residency requirement. Have completed at least 30 undergraduate credits at the University of Nevada, Reno
  • Statistics course. Have earned a grade of "B" or better in an undergraduate statistics course
  • Graduate School requirements. Must meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School

When to apply?

Students typically apply in the spring of their third undergraduate year at the University. Students interested in applying in the fall of their fourth year should contact the program director.

Application deadline: June 1

How to apply

Interested students should follow the steps below to submit an application for the accelerated B.A./M.A. in criminal justice.

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