Eligible Missouri State undergraduate majors in Criminology may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Criminology and Criminal Justice program after admission requirements for the accelerated master's option have been satisfied. This option allows a student to take up to 12 hours of graduate credit counting toward both the requirements for the undergraduate and graduate degrees (Mixed Credit). However, only six of these hours may count as electives in the criminology undergraduate program, with the remaining six hours counting as free electives toward the 125 credit hours required for the undergraduate degree.
If accepted, it is possible for a student to earn the MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice by taking an additional two semesters and one summer beyond the completion of the bachelor's degree, accumulating 143 total credit hours as opposed to the 155 required for students not in the accelerated program, assuming the student selects the thesis option. If the student elects the non-thesis option, they must complete at least 149 total hours as opposed to the 161 required for students not in the accelerated program. Refer to the Graduate Catalog for more information.
For courses to be designated as Mixed Credit, the graduate advisor, undergraduate department head, and Graduate College dean must approve by signing the Permission for Mixed Credit form. This form must be provided to the Office of the Registrar in Carrington Hall 320 no later than the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the semester.