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BS/MS 5-Year Program

Accelerate your Education!

Criminology/Criminal Justice and Sociology majors can expand their career opportunities by choosing to apply for the combined 5-year BS/MS program.

  • Earn the B.S. degree in Criminology/Criminal Justice or Sociology in 4 years.
  • Earn the M.S. degree in Sociology with Criminal Justice concentration in the 5th year.
 

Departmental Application Requirements:

  • Be in good standing with the university
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75
  • Apply in the fall semester of junior year
  • Have completed at least 60 undergraduate credit hours
    • Transfer students may apply after the completion of 12 credit hours earned at Longwood
  • Three faculty recommendations
  • 500 Word Essay
 

Departmental Application Deadline

  • October 1st (fall semester of junior year)
  • Submit application to Dr. William Burger,  Sociology Graduate Program Coordinator, 220 West Ruffner
 

When do students begin the program?

  • During the fall semester of their senior year
 

Advising Tips

  • During the fall semester of their senior year, students in the five year program should enroll in SOCL 502: Criminological Theory.  This satisfies the CRIM 402: Criminological Theory undergraduate requirement.
  • During the spring semester of their senior year, students in the five year program should enroll in SOCL 527: Administrative Issues in Criminal Justice.  This satisfies the CRIM 409: Administrative Issues in Criminal Justice undergraduate requirement.
  • During the spring semester of their senior year, students in the five year program MUST apply to the graduate program no later than February 1st.  This can be accomplished by obtaining an application for graduate study from The College of Graduate and Professional Studies (1st floor East Ruffner).
    • For the graduate application, in lieu of an essay, students should include a copy of a course term paper.
 

Congratulations, You've earned the BS degree! Now what?

After receiving your undergraduate degree:

  • Complete SOCL 522:  Field Practicum (6 credits) during the summer following undergraduate graduation
    • The field practicum should be relevant to the discipline (to be approved by advisor) and the student’s career goals.
 

Your 5th Year Should Consist of:

  • Fall semester:
    • SOCL 501:  Sociological Theory
    • SOCL 503:  Research and Evaluation Techniques I
    • SOCL Elective
    • SOCL Elective
  • Spring semester:
    • SOCL 504:  Research and Evaluation Techniques II
    • SOCL Elective
    • SOCL Elective
    • SOCL Elective
    • SOCL 699:  Comprehensive Exam
 

Application Forms:

BS/MS Application

Faculty Recommendations

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Degree Requirements