In 2020, Meredith College launched an online graduate program offering a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice. Now, the College has expanded options for students interested in earning this 36-hour degree faster through a new 3+2 pathway.
Through this new option, students will earn both an undergraduate degree from Meredith and the M.A. in five years, saving time and money. Students in the 3+2 program would take graduate level courses beginning in their fourth year, completing the undergraduate degree at the end of the first year of the M.A. program (9 hours each semester) or after completing 124 hours total.
Students will be guided through the program by the faculty adviser in the MA in Criminal Justice program, who will be available for students planning to participate in the 3 + 2 program and will be their adviser once they enter the graduate program.
The 3+2 program will work well with a variety of Meredith College undergraduate majors.
“Students will be encouraged to work with the program coordinator and academic adviser to choose a major in order to finish this curriculum along with general education requirements within the three years,” said Professor of Sociology Lori Brown, Faculty Adviser for the Criminal Justice MA Program.
About the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
Meredith’s M.A. in Criminal Justice program is designed to provide both the academic knowledge and practical skills criminal justice professionals need. Content courses are taught by practitioners in the criminal justice field who have a solid research-based background and practical experience. The program also includes a focus on writing, an essential skill for the field of criminal justice.