Criminal Justice/Government and Politics, Bachelor of Science / Master of Arts

147 Credits
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and SciencesCollege of Professional Studies
Queens Campus, Staten Island Campus


As criminal activity becomes more complex and global in scope, law enforcement agencies seek a new generation of highly trained and educated criminal justice professionals. Job opportunities for police and detectives are expected to rise by 10 percent over the next decade; for criminal investigators, job growth will be as high as 17 percent.

The College of Professional Studies and St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offer an intensive, accelerated, combined degree program leading to the B.S. in Criminal Justice and the M.A. in Government and Politics within five years of full-time study. There is both a thesis option and a non-thesis option for the master’s degree.

Students in the combined degree program may enroll in four or more approved graduate courses while still working toward their undergraduate degrees. These graduate courses count toward both the undergraduate and eventual graduate degrees, and incur no additional charges to the student while he or she is still matriculated as an undergraduate.

By completing undergraduate requirements during the first four years, students are assured of the bachelor’s degree if for any reason they decide not to complete the master’s degree. Graduate level courses that are applied to the baccalaureate degree as part of the major may not be applied to a graduate degree should the student decide not to complete the combined degree program.

Department Contact

Diane Heith, Ph.D., Government and Politics Chair
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
St. John Hall 234E

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Students should apply for admission to the combined BS/MA program during the second semester of their sophomore years, in consultation with their advisors and the respective undergraduate and graduate deans. Ideal candidates for the program demonstrate the ability to meet the following entrance requirements:

  • 60 credits completed at the undergraduate level
  • an overall 3.0 average in their undergraduate courses, and
  • a 3.5 average for 12 credits of Government and Politics courses

Students are expected to maintain grades commensurate with the requirements for entry into this combined degree program while matriculated.

Admissions Contact

Michael Wolfe, Ph.D., Associate Dean
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Graduate Division
St. John Hall 145

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