Criminal Justice Department

West Chester University

Criminal Justice Department
200A Ruby Jones Hall
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2647
Mary Brewster, Ph.D., Department Chair

Fast-Track Program

In recent years, the Department has developed an exciting program for qualified criminal justice undergraduates. Juniors who have achieved an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 are qualified to join our Fast-Track Program.

In the Fast Track Program, students can earn a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science Degree in just five years. This is accomplished by careful course planning and by permitting our undergraduates to begin taking graduate courses in their senior year.

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.  Dr. Brewster is the Fast-Track advisor, and students should work with closely with her to carefully plan their course schedules.

Click here to access the Fast-Track Program brochure.

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.