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Admission to the M.A. Program

The Criminal Justice Graduate Admissions Committee cannot assess applications until they have been reviewed by the Office of Graduate Admissions, have met university admissions requirements, and all letters of recommendation have been received. Applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis and enrollment is limited.

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  2. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 overall and 3.0 ('B') in the major
    1. If an applicant’s overall and major GPA are below the required 3.0 threshold, submission of available GRE scores will be required for consideration for admission. 
  3. Admission to classified status requires the completion of the following prerequisite courses or their equivalents, completed with a grade of B- or better:
    1. CJUS 311 (3311), undergraduate Research Methods in Criminal Justice/Criminology
    2. CJUS 312 (3312), undergraduate Statistics in Social Sciences
    3. CJUS 598 (5598), Integrative Studies in Criminal Justice/Criminology 
      1. Applicants who have not completed the above prerequisites may still be admitted with “conditionally classified” status, but will be required to take the above listed courses within their first academic year in the M.A. Program.
  4. A brief statement of purpose (one to two double-spaced typewritten pages) describing the applicant’s preparation for graduate study and professional goals.
  5. Three letters of recommendation from educators who are familiar with the student's academic work and potential to complete the program successfully. Letters must come directly from the writer.