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Bachelor of Arts to Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (Accelerated)

Accelerate Your Career in Criminal Justice with an Accelerated Dual-Degree Program!

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Criminal Justice, BA to MACJ (Accelerated Track)

Accelerate Your Career in Criminal Justice with an Accelerated Dual-Degree Program!

You live to serve and protect. In fact, you want to make it your life’s mission with a law enforcement career that keeps your community safe. And you would rather start sooner than later, but you don’t want to shortchange those you protect—or your career prospects—by taking shortcuts in your preparation. Fortunately, there is a way to quickly gain a solid understanding of the criminal justice field that will help you make a real difference today, tomorrow, and for years to come.

Keiser University offers a fast-track dual-degree program that offers the insights, skills, and credentials you need to begin and advance your career in areas of law enforcement, corrections, and the courts. With our accelerated bachelor’s and accelerated master’s in criminal justice, you’ll cover everything need to make a difference for your community and your career.

At a Glance

150 Credit Hours

50 Courses

50 Months*

8 Week Terms

Up to 12 credits of transfer credit

Pursue leadership roles with both a bachelor’s and a master’s in criminal justice.

Online / On Campus / Hybrid

Financial aid for those who qualify**

** Speak with a dedicated financial aid counselor to explore all your financial aid and funding options.

* Time to completion is an estimate, not intended as a guarantee, and can vary based on many case-by-case factors.

Accelerated Criminal Justice Degrees, BACJ to MACJ Overview

Keiser University’s accelerated BACJ to MACJ dual-degree program equips learners with knowledge and skills our law enforcement professionals need for long-term career success with both a bachelor’s and a master’s in criminal justice. However, rather than six-plus years spent in two separate programs, students of our accelerated dual-degree program can earn both the undergraduate and a graduate degree in just a little over four years (around 50 months). It’s designed to help qualified students save time and money while increasing lifetime earning potential.

Student First Philosophy

Featuring a “Student First” mentality, Keiser University is committed to providing the education students need to excel in their careers and their lives—whether that is with an accelerated criminal justice degree program or one many other learning opportunities. Our commitment to putting students first leads us to offer several learning options, including both on-campus and online delivery formats.

Through our accelerated dual-degree program, we help graduates prepare for life-long career success with an advanced understanding of criminal justice policy, law enforcement, courts, corrections, and criminology.

Begin with the End in Mind

Accelerate your law enforcement career with this unique educational opportunity—the BACJ to MACJ dual-degree program from Keiser University. Coursework for this fast-track program covers key areas of criminal justice, including criminal investigations, criminal law, juvenile justice, criminal evidence, court systems, and criminology theory while also exploring professional qualities such as ethics, leadership, communication, conflict analysis and resolution. Upon graduation, you will have gained the critical-thinking, leadership, and problem-solving skills you need to pursue success throughout your criminal justice career.

What Can You Expect to Learn

Keiser University’s dual-degree program gives students the education and credentials they need to make positive contributions to the criminology and criminal justice field as well as their careers. Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Use the tools and procedures of various agencies within the criminal justice system
  • Develop proficiencies in researching, collecting and organizing complex data, solving problems, and working collaboratively
  • Critically analyze gaps or deficiencies in criminal justice services
  • Effectively lead criminal justice, community services, and human or social services professionals
  • Evaluate contemporary criminal justice systems and their policies and practices
  • Assess the psychological basis, nature and causes of crime—typologies and offenders
  • Organize ideas and information to communicate effectively in documents and presentations

Program Prerequisites

None. Once accepted into the program, students seamlessly transition from undergraduate to graduate study upon earning BA, no GMAT required.

Program Outline

To receive the credentials for this BACJ to MACJ dual degree accelerated program, students must earn 150 total semester credit hours. For the BA program, students will earn 117 undergraduate credit hours—57 within the criminal justice major along with 3 graduate-level credit hours. Those 3 graduate hours also count toward the 33-hour master’s in criminal justice credit hour requirement. Curriculum for this accelerated program specializing in criminal law and law enforcement includes:

  • BACJ Major-Specific Coursework *
    Criminology 3.0 credit hours
    Introduction to Criminal Justice 3.0 credit hours
    Introduction to Law Enforcement 3.0 credit hours
    Communication and Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals 3.0 credit hours
    Criminal Investigations 3.0 credit hours
    Introduction to Juvenile Procedures 3.0 credit hours
    Criminal Law 3.0 credit hours
    Criminal Justice Management 3.0 credit hours
    Ethics in Criminal Justice 3.0 credit hours
    Constitutional Criminal Procedures 3.0 credit hours
    Criminal Evidence and Procedures 3.0 credit hours
    Seminar in Criminal Justice 3.0 credit hours
    Integrated Criminal Justice (Capstone) 3.0 credit hours

    *18 credit hours from criminal justice-specific electives are also required.

  • MACJ Coursework
    Seminar in Law Enforcement 3.0 credit hours
    Seminar in Court Systems 3.0 credit hours
    Seminar in Correctional Systems 3.0 credit hours
    Theory in Criminology and Criminal Justice 3.0 credit hours
    Conflict Analysis and Resolution 3.0 credit hours
    Professionalism and Ethics in Criminal Justice 3.0 credit hours
    Juvenile Justice 3.0 credit hours
    Policy Analysis in Criminal Justice 3.0 credit hours
    Research Methods in Criminal Justice 3.0 credit hours
    Capstone 3.0 credit hours

Career Pathways in Criminal Justice

Upon graduation through our on-campus or online program, you will have earned two degrees with an emphasis in criminal law, corrections, and criminology as well as gained the abilities you need to:

  • Pursue career and advancement opportunities in criminal justice fields
  • Evaluate an agency’s ability to meet the safety needs of a community
  • Think critically and communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • And more!

Through Keiser’s accelerated dual-degree program, you will gain a deeper understanding of fundamental and advanced concepts involved in law enforcement and criminal behavior. You will also gain the skills needed to pursue and excel in relevant career opportunities safeguarding our community, including:

  • Federal agent – CIA, FBI, Secret Service, US Marshall, etc.
  • Compliance officer
  • Corrections director
  • Criminal investigator
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Law enforcement director
  • Police detective
  • Probation officer manager
  • And more!

Start Your Accelerated Criminal Justice Degree Program Now!

If you’ve been wondering if it’s possible to earn a criminal justice degree online fast and start your career sooner, it is. Forget certificates, go for a dual-degree program that will get your criminal justice career on an accelerated track at Keiser University. Earn your bachelor’s and your master’s in criminal justice at the same time. Interested? Learn more. Fill out the Requesting More Info form to get answers on tuition, financial aid, start dates and more on our accelerated BACJ to MACJ program.

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We understand that today’s students have many responsibilities and obligations in their lives. At Keiser, we deliver the same quality education through different scheduling options to accommodate busy schedules. Whether you choose day, evening, or online classes, chances are, you will find a schedule that fits yours and allows you to fulfill one of the most important commitments you can make – a commitment to your education.

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Flexibility and Convenience

When you enroll in Keiser University’s programs, you can pursue your educational goals anytime and anywhere you have internet access.
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One Class at a Time

You have the option of taking just one or two classes at a time, allowing you to concentrate on learning while balancing your education with work, family and other responsibilities. With our “students first” focus and small classes, you’ll receive personal attention from your instructors.
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Experienced Faculty

Keiser University’s dedicated, accomplished faculty members are committed to your success. All faculty are prepared and are actively engaged in the fields they teach. You’ll benefit from their wealth of knowledge and real-world experience.
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We are here to help guide YOU through the financial aid process to determine what type of aid you may qualify to receive to support your educational endeavors.

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Keiser University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates and degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral levels. Questions about the accreditation of Keiser University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

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