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The PlusOne Accelerated Master’s Program allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in less time than if the degrees were completed sequentially. Northeastern undergraduates of any major can complete a PlusOne Master’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Similarly, Criminal Justice undergraduates can complete a PlusOne Master’s in any discipline.

Why might this be right for me?

  1. Professionals who enter the workforce with graduate level experience are often more competitive.
  2. The PlusOne option makes financial sense. The PlusOne program allows you to use open undergraduate electives to instead pursue graduate level coursework. By double counting up to 16 credits toward a bachelor’s and master’s degree, you essentially save 50% on your graduate education.
  3. The PlusOne Program can accelerate the completion of a graduate degree. Through proper planning, students complete a master’s in one year and sometimes in one semester.

How do I apply?

  1. Make an appointment with your Undergraduate Academic Advisor to discuss your PlusOne interest and eligibility.
  2. If the advisor determines that you are eligible, you may now work with your advisor to complete and submit the PlusOne application. You can find the PlusOne application here.
  3. Once completed, please submit the form signed by you and your advisor to the MSCJ Graduate Program Director, Gregory Zimmerman at
  4. Once you have received proper approval from your department and from the MSCJ Program Director, you will send your application to the College of Social Sciences and Humanities’ Graduate Office at for processing.
  5. Processing time may vary depending on the time of application submission. If you want to know the status of your PlusOne application, contact the College of Social Sciences and Humanities Graduate Office at Be sure to specify that you are inquiring about your PlusOne application.
  1. Students should apply before the start of their junior year, although it’s never too early to begin planning with your advisor.
  2. Before applying, students must have completed 64 semester hours of undergraduate credit.
  3. Students are encouraged to take required coursework in theory, research methods, and statistics in their home departments before applying to the PlusOne Program.

  1. You can find the MSCJ program requirements in the course catalog.
  2. Although you can take the four required and four elective courses for the MSCJ Program in any order, we suggest that you take two of the required master’s courses and two elective courses while an undergraduate.
  3. For the required courses, we suggest taking either CRIM 6200 or CRIM 6202 AND either INSH 6300 or INSH 6500.
  4. If you want to take an elective that is not CRIM, INSH, POLS, PPUA, or SOCL, contact Gregory Zimmerman for permission.
  5. All required courses and several elective courses are also offered online to provide additional flexibility.
  6. Upon admission, students take two of the required master’s courses and two elective courses while an undergraduate. Students then complete the two remaining required courses and two additional electives as a master’s student. All required courses and several elective courses are also offered online to provide additional flexibility.
  7. You must submit an override request in order to register for any course above the 5000 level as an undergraduate student in the PlusOne program. Please use the following form to send in the override request.  Additionally, any override requests for courses other than CRIM and INSH courses need to go directly to the graduate program coordinator in that department. If you have questions, please contact Nausheen Masud, Curriculum Specialist and Program Manager at

Please talk to your Undergraduate Advisor. Only your Undergraduate Advisor can provide this guidance.


For more information, please contact your undergraduate academic advisor or the Graduate Program Curriculum Specialist and Program Manager, Nausheen Masud at They will be able to give you more details about the program and help determine if this program is right for you.