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Graduate from the accelerated undergraduate program in criminal justice at Mount St. Mary's

Accelerated Undergraduate Degree in Criminal Justice, B.A.

Advance your career in law enforcement

Advance your career with a degree in criminal justice by attending evening classes designed for working adults at Mount St. Mary’s University. The Mount’s degree prepares you for jobs in law enforcement, probation and parole, corrections and related fields.

Making it easy to go back to school

The Division of Continuing Studies strives to make it easy for adults to go back to school on a part-time basis, holding classes in the evening one to two nights per week at our convenient Frederick campus. It's important to us that you feel supported, can maintain your work-life balance, and have access to all of the resources you need to be a successful student.

Our faculty and advisors are here to work one-on-one with you to develop your degree plan, and to help keep you on track to finish your degree. We make the traditional college resources available to you to aid in your success, such as our Career Center, Writing Center, Library and Learning Services Office, just to name a few.

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  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Certificate
  • Graduate Program
  • Accelerated Undergraduate
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

Coursework & Format

The criminal justice program combines courses focusing on the skills required for a successful career in the field with an ethics based approach to the subject matter; 

Sample Courses

  • Data Analysis
  • Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Media Relations/Oral Communication
  • Forensics
  • Homeland Security
  • Organized Crime
  • Terrorism

Designed to fit your life

As a student in the Mount's accelerated undergraduate criminal justice program you will:

  • Finish at your own pace. Courses are offered year-round in accelerated 5- and 8-week sessions. Take the courses you need at your convenience.
  • Attend convenient classes. Meet part-time one night per week (6-10 p.m.). Our Frederick campus is minutes from I-70 and I-270.
  • Receive specialized support for accelerated students. One-on-one advising and a customized degree plan are available and encouraged for all students.

This program is available to be completed fully online asynchronous and/or synchronous.

What Our Faculty Say

Learn more about the Mount's criminal justice program for accelerated undergraduates with Mount faculty member Joseph Vince.

Want to see a full listing of all accelerated undergraduate criminal justice courses?

See full course listings

Affordability & Financial Aid

Bachelor completion programs are designed to be taken one course at a time, providing you the flexibility you need to complete the classes at your own pace; with that the program pricing is set by credit hours instead of by the year like traditional undergraduate programs.

  • $563 - Cost per credit.* No additional fees.
  • Students are accepted with a minimum of 12 credits and may transfer in up to 75 credits from a two-year institution.

*Tuition represents 2022-23 rates, effective July 1, 2022. Tuition is subject to change without notice.

Financial Aid

Students enrolled on at least half-time basis (6-credits per semester) may qualify for financial aid. You may seek financial assistance through federal and state-funded programs, private loan providers, or deferment of undergraduate loans. The Mount also has a variety of employer tuition remission or reimbursement agreements with local businesses and community colleges, so you may just get a discount from your employer or previous college.

Learn About Financial Aid

Not sure if you qualify for financial aid? Learn more from our financial aid office.

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Admissions & Application

Admission to the program is rolling, which means we accept applications at any time of the year. Classes for the program begin throughout the year, and submitting your application four weeks before your expected start date ensures a priority application decision. 

  • Admissions: Rolling
  • Classes Begin: Year round
  • Priority Application Deadline: 4 weeks prior to start of first class
  • No application fee

Admissions Requirements

The Mount's accelerated undergraduate completion degree programs are for individuals looking to apply previous college credit toward a bachelor's degree. Admissions requirements include:

  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Students may transfer up to 75 credits from a two-year institution or 90 credits from a four-year institution.
  • No application fee

A complete application includes

  • Free online application; Apply in 10 minutes or less
  • Official transcript(s) from all accredited institutions attended after high school; eTranscripts should be sent to Frederick Admissions.

Adult Undergraduate Programs 301-682-8315 frederickadmissions@msmary.edu