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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
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.