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The PlusOne Program in Criminology and Criminal Justice provides an opportunity for the best of Northeastern’s undergraduate criminal justice majors – including combined degree majors – to complete both the undergraduate program (BS) in criminal justice and the master’s degree program (MS) in criminology and criminal justice in less time than if the programs were completed sequentially.

Students earning a Bachelor’s degree and then a Master’s degree from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University would need to earn a total of 160 semester hours of credit (128 semester hours for the BS and 32 semester hours for the MS). However, in the Plus One program, students are allowed to take up to 16 semester hours of graduate courses in their junior and/or senior years, thereby reducing the total number of semester hours required for both degrees to 144.

Admission to the PlusOne Program

Undergraduate students may apply to the PlusOne program at the beginning of their junior year, contingent upon having completed (or being enrolled in) the following courses in the undergraduate criminal justice major:

CRIM 1100 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRIM 2100 Criminal Due Process OR CRIM 2200 Criminology
Research Methods (CRIM 3600 or home major equivalent)
Statistics (CRIM 3700 or home major equivalent)

Formal application to the program is limited to students who have an undergraduate record with an overall GPA of at least 3.00 in courses taken to date and have completed at least 64 semester hours of undergraduate credit. Students who have an undergraduate record with an overall GPA of at least 3.25 are eligible for Direct Entry PlusOne, under which letters of recommendation, personal statements, and writing samples are not required; students are admitted without committee review. Although formal application occurs at 64sh, PlusOne advising begins as soon as the student has expressed in an interest in pursuing the PlusOne program.

The Program

Once a student is admitted to the PlusOne program, the graduate courses in which the student enrolls replace up to 16 semester hours of upper-division criminal justice electives. Upon admission, students planning to finish their undergraduate studies at the end of the spring semester complete the following Master’s core and elective courses during their junior and/or senior years to earn these 16 semester hours:

CRIM 7200 Criminology (4sh)
INSH 6404 Computational Social Sciences (4sh)
CRIM Elective (4sh)
CRIM Elective (4sh)

Once all undergraduate degree requirements have been met, including the completion of at least 128 semester hours, students will graduate with the Bachelor’s degree and formally enter the Master of Science program. Students then complete an additional 16 semester hours of graduate coursework in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice to earn the Master’s degree.

Taking the 4 courses above while in the undergraduate program will allow students to complete the MS degree in one semester by taking the following 4 courses (16sh) during the fall semester:

CRIM 7202 The Criminal Justice Process (4sh)
INSH 6300 Research Methods in the Social Sciences (4sh)
CRIM Elective (4sh)
CRIM Elective (4sh)

Students planning to finish their undergraduate studies at the end of a fall semester should complete CRIM 7202, INSH 6300, and two electives while in the undergraduate program; and CRIM 7200, INSH 6404, and two electives in the Spring semester as part of the MS Program

How to Apply

Undergraduate students who think they might be interested in pursuing the PlusOne program should first make an appointment to meet with the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice undergraduate academic advisor (Heather Cullen, 617.373.4145) and then the graduate program administrator (Jennifer Smith, 617.373.8849) at the earliest opportunity to make sure the program is the right fit. Early contact and ongoing advising are key to successful Plus One programs.

Prior to the start of their junior year, if the school has determined that a student is eligible to apply for the PlusOne Program, students can download and complete the PlusOne Internal Admission Application.

Submit this form, along with any additional materials required, to the College of Social Science and Humanities Graduate School, 180 Renaissance Park.

Once the application and applicable materials have been submitted to the College, all materials will be entered into the ApplyYourself application system by Graduate School staff and the recommenders will be notified by email to submit their letters via this system. Students will be notified of the Graduate Admissions Committee decision within one month of completing their application.