Qualified undergraduate criminology majors who want to pursue a master’s degree in Criminal Justice may apply to participate in an accelerated program. The BA+MA program allows undergraduates to take up to 12 graduate level credits that will count toward their BA in Criminology and a MA in Criminal Justice.

Qualifications for Admission to the BA+MA

  • 72 undergraduate credits that include 12 upper-level Criminology credits
  • Overall GPA of 3.33 or higher
  • Upper-level GPA of 3.5 or higher in the Criminology major
  • Endorsement of the BA+MA Admissions Committee

Qualifications for Progressing from the BA to the MA

  • Students must obtain a minimum grade of “B” (3.00) in each graduate course that will also count toward the undergraduate degree.
  • Upon satisfactory completion of all requirements for the undergraduate degree, students will be automatically admitted into the graduate program with up to 12 elective graduate elective credits already accomplished.
  • The BA+MA program is unique to USFSM; therefore, undergraduates in the program will be restricted to USFSM course sections and will require a permit to enroll for graduate credit.
  • Undergraduate students in the BA+MA program will pay the graduate per-credit rate for any graduate courses they take.

Application Process

  1. Students may apply to the accelerated BA+MA program after they have completed 12 upper-level credits of their BA degree requirements, but before they have fewer than 12 elective credits (4 courses) remaining.
  2. Before applying to the accelerated BA+MA program, students should confer with the criminology program coordinator, their academic advisor, and the financial aid officer if appropriate.
  3. If encouraged to apply, student should submit an electronic USFSM graduate application. And then proceed to submit the other required documents:
  • A sealed official undergraduate transcript(s);
  • Two letters of recommendation, addressing issues relating to past academic performance or work experience
  • A 1-2 page Statement of Purpose, indicating your reasons for seeking a master’s degree in Criminal Justice and the particular areas of criminology or criminal justice that interest you.

Send the required documents to:

USF Sarasota-Manatee
Office of Admissions
8350 N. Tamiami Trail, C107
Sarasota, FL 34243

Students will be charged graduate tuition for a full-time course load when taking graduate courses while working toward their BA.