Accelerated M.S. in Criminal Justice

Accelerated MS in CJ Page

The Accelerated M.S. degree program in Criminal Justice is designed to allow undergraduate students to earn graduate hours in Criminal Justice starting the second semester of their junior year through their senior year. Students will be allowed to earn up to 9 hours that can be applied to both their undergraduate degree and their graduate degree in Criminal Justice.

Students could enroll in a combination of the following core courses from the M.S. program in Criminal Justice (courses must be taken on campus):

  • CJ 621 The Criminal Justice System
  • CJ 625 Legal Aspects in Criminal Justice Management
  • CJ 643 Theories of Crime and Delinquency
  • CJ 649 Applied Statistics in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 650 Research Methods in Criminal Justice

Students in the Accelerated M.S. program in Criminal Justice may only apply their graduate credits earned as an undergraduate at UofL toward our MSCJ degree program.

Students must apply during the first or second semester of the Junior year (usually when they have earned between 70-80 hours).

Applicants must provide the following to be considered for admission to the Accelerated M.S. program:

  • A 3.0 GPA at the time of the application
  • A completed application (please download and complete)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the applicant's academic or professional capabilities
  • A personal statement, one to two pages in length, identifying the applicant's career interests and goals, and the applicant's motivation and potential for graduate work


The completed application, letters of recommendation, and personal statement may be sent electronically to mailcj@louisville.edu or submitted physically to Advising in Brigman Hall, Room 205.

For more information, contact:

Student Services
Room 205
Brigman Hall
Phone:  502.852.2686