NMC transfer guide - MACRAO

To: Michigan State University - Main Campus

Program: Criminal justice

Criminal Justice majors receive a Bachelor of Arts degree and are prepared for entry level positions in public and private agencies identified with criminal justice administration. Career opportunities exist in the following areas: juvenile justice, police administration, adult corrections, and industrial and commercial security.

Forensic Science, another branch of Criminal Justice, is more science oriented and is available as a masters degree only. Students seeking Forensic Science are recommended to pursue a Bachelors degree in Biology, Chemistry, Medical Technology, or other science related program rather than the Criminal Justice degree. See the Forensic Science transfer guide for recommended course selections if you prefer the more scientific, investigative approach to criminal justice which the Forensic Science program offers.


  1. Admission Applications - MSU prefers students to submit applications online at admissions.msu.edu/apply.asp.
  2. GPA - 2.5 or higher.
  3. Junior Status - Students are admitted into the Criminal Justice program as Juniors (56 acceptable credits).
  4. Transfer Grades - Courses with grades below 2.0 will not transfer to MSU.
  5. Transfer Credits - 60-64 credits is the maximum amount of credits students should take at NMC. MSU requires that one half of degree requirements be completed at a 4-year school. Students who accumulate more than 60-64 credits at NMC are still held accountable for completing one half of their degree at a 4-year school.
  6. Dual Enrolled Course Policies - College courses counted toward "core" high school requirements may not transfer to MSU. For Dual Enrollment questions, contact MSU's transfer credit evaluators via e-mail at traneval@msu.edu.


The following courses are listed to facilitate transfer and fulfill University requirements at MSU. If your goal is to complete an Associate degree before transferring, a visit with one of the NMC counselors can help you accomplish that goal.



ENG 111, 112

English Composition



View the Humanities requirements »

Special Note: NMC highly recommends that one of your choices be either HST 111 or HST 112 U.S. History. Although it is not absolutely required, taking U.S. History eliminates having to take an integrated writing and humanities course at MSU. Without a U.S. History course, transfer students can expect to take IAH 201 at MSU.


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Social Science

Four semester credits equivalent to any 200 – level ISS course at MSU. An additional 300-level social science course must be completed at MSU.

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Students who complete MTH 121 College Algebra at NMC will receive enhanced admission consideration. Students who delay starting math at NMC risk admission consideration at MSU. This can be met in one of the following three ways:

  1. Testing above the College Algebra level on a competency test taken at MSU.
  2. Completing both MTH 121 College Algebra.
  3. Completing MTH 140 College Algebra & Trigonometry.



CJ 101

Intro to Criminal Justice


SOC 231

Deviance and Criminal Behavior


The following courses may be used to satisfy elective choices in the Criminal Justice program.

LWE 102

Police Operations


LWE 212

Criminal Investigation


CJ 242

Evidence and Criminal Procedures


CJ 211

Criminal Law


Northwestern Michigan College does not assume final responsibility for the accuracy of information on this guide. The final responsibility for the successful transfer of classes suggested on this guide rests with you and the institution you plan to transfer to. It is strongly recommended that you visit the institution early.

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