BS/MS Option

B.S./M.S. Option 

Niagara University’s B.S./M.S. program provides qualified students with the opportunity for advanced education in the administration of various aspects of the criminal justice system.

Incoming freshmen must meet two of the following criteria:

  • 90 percent or higher high school QPA
  • Top 10 percent of graduating class, and/or a combined SAT score of 1100 or higher

BS/MS students take a maximum of nine credit hours of graduate course work in the criminal justice department during their senior year. These credits apply to both the undergraduate and the graduate degree. Thus, the program is designed to allow students to complete both their undergraduate and their graduate degrees in 10 semesters (five years) rather than the typical 12 semesters.

At the end of the five-year BS/MS program, students will have a sophisticated and critical understanding of criminal justice processes and related social, economic and political issues. The successful student will develop an appreciation for both quantitative and qualitative research and the relationship between research and policy in the administration of criminal justice. As a result, the successful candidate will be well positioned in the marketplace for a variety of entry-level criminal justice-related positions, including employment as a practitioner or as a researcher in a government agency or a nonprofit think tank.

M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration (33 credits)* 

Core Requirements (six courses)

  • CRJ 500 - Seminar in System-Wide Issues in Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 510 - Seminar in Criminal Justice Management
  • CRJ 520 - Introduction to Statistics
  • CRJ 530 - Seminar in Professional Ethics and Liability
  • CRJ 540 - Research, Planning and Evaluation Methods in Criminal Justice
  • Policy paper (three credits) OR Master’s thesis (six credits)

Seminar Electives: Students choose five electives or four electives with a master’s thesis.  A partial list of electives is listed below: 

  • Seminar in Theories of Crime
  • Seminar in Problems in the Application of Law and Legal Policy
  • Seminar in Organized and White Collar Crime
  • Seminar in Penal Policy and the Management of Offenders
  • Seminar in Comparative Crime and Justice
  • Race, Gender and Class in the Criminal Justice System
  • Seminar in Special Problems in Criminal Justice
  • Supervised readings in criminal justice

*Three of the courses listed above may be taken during senior year.