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Criminal Justice / Sociology, Bachelor of Science / Master of Arts

St. John's University Students
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
College of Professional Studies
Queens Campus, Staten Island Campus


To understand the complex and increasingly global nature of crime and criminal organizations, law enforcement agencies look to hire highly-trained professionals with advanced research and analytical skills. The dual B.S./M.A. program in Criminal Justice and Sociology will allow you to develop these valuable skills and complete both degrees in just five years of full-time study.

While still working toward your undergraduate Criminal Justice degree, you’ll enroll in four approved graduate courses in Sociology. These courses will still apply to your bachelor’s degree if for any reason you do not wish to continue at the master’s level after four years.

Dean Contacts

Laura Schramm, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Graduate Division
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
[email protected]

Molly Mann, M.L.S.
Assistant Dean, Graduate Division
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
[email protected]

College of Professional Studies
Undergraduate Division


Please see the requirement chart for the academic progression criteria in this dual degree program.

You should apply to the dual B.S/M.A program during the second semester of your sophomore year, in consultation with your undergraduate advisor and the graduate deans. Qualified candidates for the program meet the same entrance requirements for all St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences graduate programs, which include an overall 3.0 undergraduate GPA and a minimum 3.5 GPA in at least four undergraduate courses in Criminal Justice. You are expected to maintain grades commensurate with the requirements for entry into this dual degree program while enrolled.

During your fifth year of study, you may qualify for a graduate assistantship.

Career Outcomes

In the dual B.S./M.A. program in Criminal Justice and Sociology, you’ll learn both the structure and practices of the criminal justice system and how to collect, analyze, dual interpret data related to crime patterns, causes, and solutions. Your dual studies will allow you to have an impact on global and local crime rates, as well as practices within the criminal justice system related to the treatment of offenders. The knowledge and skills you’ll gain through the program will allow you to advance in careers related to law enforcement, computer crime, international crime, organized crime, social justice, and the legal system.