Exciting opportunities to get a head start on your MPA-CJ with our combined degree programs.
We are excited to announce a new 2+2+1 Combined Degree (five-year) MPA-Criminal Justice Program for RCC transfer students who major in criminal justice. You can earn your bachelor's and master's degrees within 3 years of transferring to STAC! The transfer pathway involves
- Associate of Science in Criminal Justice (RCC) (2 years) (Required for acceptance)
- Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (STAC) (2 years)
- Master of Public Administration-Criminal Justice (STAC) (1 year)
- Degrees Awarded from STAC: Bachelor's degree (B.S.) and Masters of Public Administration in Criminal Justice (MPA-CJ)
This accelerated, combined degree program at St. Thomas Aquinas College is designed to allow RCC students to obtain a Master’s in Public Administration-Criminal Justice in as little as 3 years after transferring to STAC. In addition to tuition incentives, students will be able to enter the workforce sooner through an accelerated program. The MPA-CJ program prepares students for a variety of professional careers, including those found in government, public service, and the non-profit sector both in criminal justice agencies and more broadly.
Highlights of the 2+2+1 Combined Degree Program
- Students must graduate with an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice from Rockland Community College (RCC) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in order to be eligible.
- Students who meet these requirements will be guaranteed acceptance to St. Thomas Aquinas College, will meet with and be advised by the MPA-CJ Program Director, and will transfer with junior standing.
- RCC graduates will qualify for a 2+2+1 Transfer Student Scholarship for full-time study leading toward the MPA-CJ.
- All transfer credits will be applied toward the completion of the articulated Bachelor of Science degree program in Criminal Justice.
- Students must register at the receiving institution as full-time, matriculated students
- Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress towards the degree, a cumulative GPA of 3.0, and a full-time matriculated status. (See graduate catalog for a description of academic progress.)