Qualified students can earn the following degrees in 5 years
- Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration
Niagara University’s BS/MS program provides qualified students with the opportunity for advanced education in the administration of various aspects of the criminal justice system. Incoming freshmen (who 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), senior social science majors and minors, and transfer students with a major or minor in criminal justice may take this option. 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 not-for-profit think tank.
Additionally, the successful BS/MS candidate will be well-suited to compete for admission into Ph.D.-granting institutions or law schools.