Westfield State University is offering undergraduate criminal justice students an accelerated pathway to complete their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just 5 years. These students will have the opportunity to enroll in graduate-level criminal justice courses in their senior year and 6-credits will count towards both, the bachelor's and master’s degrees in Criminal Justice. This 4+1 program allows for students enrolled in this option to obtain their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice in less time than it would be to take them separately.

B.S./M.S. in Criminal Justice 4+1 Brochure
B.S./M.S. in Criminal Justice 4+1 Application

Application due by February 15

Topics Covered

  • Criminal Justice Institutions 

  • Criminology 

  • Research in Criminal Justice 

  • Criminal Justice Administration 

Schedule of Coursework

  • The program begins in the summer before the student’s senior year 


  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice 

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Admission Requirements

  • Have an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher at the time of application 

  • Apply by February 15th in the junior year after completing 75-undergraduate credits 

  • Complete the application form and accompanying materials for the graduate application including: 

  • Statement of interest in the program (narrative statement) 

  • Three letters of recommendation 

The GRE/MAT and $50 application fee are waived for these applicants.

Students will be notified of acceptance into the program by March 1st of their Junior Year. Students will also be assigned the graduate Program Administrator as their academic advisor to ensure students are taking the appropriate coursework.

Why Westfield?

You will benefit from:

  • A special academic advisor will be there to provide you support during your undergraduate and graduate program, ensuring academic success.
  • Faculty experts in both programs in fields such as homeland security, law enforcement, corrections and rehabilitation, criminal law, juvenile justice, crime mapping, gangs, religious extremism, and multinational crime.
  • Students will be eligible to live on campus for the 5th year if interested.
  • Career services at WSU host the largest criminal justice career fair in New England held on campus each year.

Contact Us

Dr. Christopher Kudlac, Program Administrator