Career and Academic Opportunities

The Double Owl Pathway in Criminal Justice is an ideal program for students desiring to expand their career and academic opportunities in the field. The Pathway provides a focused and interactive educational experience designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills in criminal justice administration, management, as well as global criminal justice. The Pathway is designed so that students can complete both the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Criminal Justice in either 5 or 5½ years. Students who have completed the Master of Science in Criminal Justice have gone onto careers in court management/administration; state and federal criminal investigation; private consulting; police cybercrime; and data/research analysis. In addition to having obtained managerial, director and/or senior-level positions in these career areas, our graduates have been accepted into PhD programs at larger, research-intensive universities.


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  • Admission Requirements


    Double Owl Admission Requirements 
    • Admission to the Criminal Justice undergraduate program. For more information on specific classes, see our Criminal Justice degree information in the KSU Undergraduate Catalog. The B.S. in CJ program website is available here: https://chss.kennesaw.edu/scj/programs/bscj.php
    • GPA:  3.25 in KSU undergraduate coursework
    • 60 hours completed toward Bachelor’s degree (i.e., BS Criminal Justice degree)
    • 18 hours completed in residence at KSU

    Double Counted Courses Include

    Up to 9 hours of these Graduate courses will be allowed to count in both the undergraduate and the graduate programs.

    • CRJU 7701 to count for Upper Division CJ Electives or Related Studies
    • CRJU 7702* to count for SOCI 4432
    • CRJU 7703* to count for CRJU 3310 or CRJU 3311
    • CRJU 7704* to count for CRJU 3332
    • CRJU 7705* to count for CRJU 3315
    • CRJU 7707 to count for Upper Division CJ Electives or Related Studies
    • CRJU 7708 to count for Upper Division CJ Electives or Related Studies
    • CRJU 7709 to count for Upper Division CJ Electives or Related Studies
    • CRJU 7710 to count for Upper Division CJ Electives or Related Studies
    • CRJU 7712 to count for Upper Division CJ Electives or Related Studies

    *If a student has already taken the paired course, this graduate course can also count towards Upper Division Criminal Justice Electives or Related Studies.

Graduate Admission Requirements

Suggested Timeline

Apply to Double Owl early in Junior year. Apply to Graduate Program in Senior Year by posted graduate program deadline.  Students can be identified in Sophomore year and early Junior year (i.e., once students meet -- or are close to meeting --- credit hour and other requirements). 

Sample Academic Plan Apply
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Contact Information

Undergraduate Information

Undergraduate Degree
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Department / College
Sociology and Criminal Justice / College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Social Science Bldg, Rm. 4066

Advising Contact
Dr. Beverly Reece Churchwell, Program Director
breece11@kennesaw.edu
470-578-6739

Graduate Information

Graduate Degree
Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Department / College
Sociology and Criminal Justice / College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Social Science Bldg, Rm. 4069

Advising Contact
Dr. Christopher Totten, Graduate Program Director
ctotten@kennesaw.edu
470-578-4413