Criminal Justice Department

West Chester University

Criminal Justice Department
College of Business and Public Management
Fifth Floor
Business and Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2647
Mary Brewster, Ph.D., Department Chair

Accelerated B.S. to M.S. (Fast-Track Program)

All new in 2016, students can join the new and improved Fast-Track Program. In the Fast-Track Program, students can earn a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science Degree in just four years (138 credits).. This is accomplished by careful course planning and by permitting Fast-Track students to take graduate courses in their junior and senior years.  Students are allowed to take up to four graduate courses while completing the undergraduate program. By doing so, they are able to expedite the completion of their graduate degree in criminal justice.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for students who are serious about a career in criminal justice, those who are seeking advanced knowledge in the field, and for those who plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Criminology or Criminal Justice. Students must have (and maintain) a minimum GPA of 3.0 in order to be accepted into the Accelerated B.S. to M.S. Program.  Dr. Jane M. Tucker and Dr. Shannon Grugan are co-advisors for the B.S. to M.S. Accelerated Program.  Interested students should consult with either advisor before their junior year in order to effectively plan course schedules.

Students interested in the Accelerated B.S. to M.S. Criminal Justice degree should either visit Dr. Jane M. Tucker or Dr. Shannon Grugan in their office hours or email them for more information, and


Students & Alum

  • “West Chester University's Criminal Justice Department gave me the skills and confidence I needed in order to perform as a Police Officer. The courses, practicum, professors and staff were each an integral part of the preparation I needed to help me gain full time employment in the criminal justice field.” - Officer Nathan P. Kutz, Badge #8306, Ocean City Police Department, Maryland

  • "The West Chester University Criminal Justice Department delivers an uncompromising level of excellence and dedication, providing students with the edge needed to compete in today's difficult job market." - Paul Iffrig (Class of 2013) and President of the Criminal Justice Club

  • Brandon Oyama (Class of 2014) is a junior at WCU. He transfered to WCU from Green River Community College in Washington State and is a member of the Men's Tennis Team. He is looking forward to completing his practicum this summer with the Pierce County Juvenile Court in his home state. Brandon states, "WCU was a good choice for me. The faculty are helpful, the courses are interesting and relevant to my future occupation."

  • Mary-Elizabeth Keeney (Class of 2013) is the current president of the Criminal Justice Honor Society and a Fast-Track student. Mary-Elizabeth completed her practicum with the Department of Homeland Security and is looking forward to graduating with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. As a Fast-Track student, she will earn her Master's Degree in 2014.