Building off the strengths of our criminal justice faculty, this program offers an opportunity to gain a critical understanding of criminal justice administration and related social, economic, and political issues with a national and international focus.
This program allows students to construct an innovative curriculum that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries to address questions or themes of interest. Graduates gain in-depth knowledge of research, trends in interdisciplinary scholarship, as well as preparation for career advancement in their field.
Accelerated Options for Undergraduates
- 5-year B.S.-M.S. program in Criminal Justice Administration: Up to three graduate courses can be taken as part of your undergraduate degree for NU students who qualify. The courses can count toward the students advised electives. The option is open to junior/senior criminal justice majors and minors. It allows students the ability to complete their undergraduate and graduate degree in approximately five years.
- 6-year Psychology / Mental Health Counseling Program: Up to four graduate courses can be taken as part of your undergraduate degree for NU students who qualify. The courses can count toward the students advised electives. The option is open to psychology majors. It allows students the ability to shave off an entire year from the master's program and complete their undergraduate and graduate degree in approximately six years.
- Graduate Courses as an Undergraduate: Students with a 3.0 or higher GPA going into senior year, can take up to two courses (one per semester) as extra courses beyond their degree requirements. This program is open to all students and the courses can be used toward any of our graduate programs. Students must be in 12 credits before registering for the courses. Students interested in a MBA may also pursue pre-requisite courses to speed up their degree.
Graduation & Commencement
Much of the information you will need for advisement as a graduate student is handled by your advisor or department (see links above). This allows for more direct lines of communication and personal service. The forms below are also very important, so keep them in mind as you progress through your program. If you need assistance feel free to contact the Dean's Office.
Graduate Student Diploma/Commencement Survey (Required)
This required survey is necessary for your diploma order and the commencement program. It is best to complete it about 2 semesters before you plan to graduate (Fall for May or August Graduates or Spring/Summer for January Graduates).
Graduation & Commencement
- Make sure all your prior NU BS/MS credits and/or transfer credits are posted on your graduate transcript on Web Advisor. (if not see the Graduate Student Credit Placement Form below).
- Fill out the Graduate Diploma Information Form (Above)
- Complete all the required courses for your program.
- Maintain a 3.0 overall GPA.
- Students one course shy or less with the required GPA, may potentially participate with their chair's permission.
Credit Placement Form (Required for BS/MS & Transfer Credit)
Use the Graduate Credit Form to officially post any graduate courses taken as an undergraduate at NU or from a transfer institution.
Prior NU graduate credits taken as an undergraduate:
- Up to 3 courses B.S./M.S. program in Criminal Justice Administration.
- Up to 2 courses UG with 3.0 GPA.
- Up to 4 graduate courses Psychology/Mental Health Counseling (credits posted by education).
Transfer credits: Official transcripts required (B or higher)
- Up to 3 courses can be transferred into the Criminal Justice Administration, M.S.
- Up to 4 courses can be transferred into the Interdisciplinary Studies, M.A.