Admission Requirements

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Entrance requirements for regular MS, Criminology and Criminal Justice Program

  1. Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university AND a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale; OR at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of undergraduate academic course work; OR have a combined score of 290 (875 under the old scoring system before August 1, 2011) on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination.
  2. Students who do not meet the minimum entrance requirements stated in Item #1 may be admitted conditionally to the program at the discretion of the Criminology and Criminal Justice Graduate Program Director and the approval of the Graduate Dean. Conditional admission might be based on factors such as work experience or other indications of academic potential found in the application materials. On a case-by-case basis, the Criminology and Criminal Justice Graduate Program Director will set terms for full admission to the program.
  3. Applicants must submit the following materials:
    • The Graduate Admission Application.
    • The application fee.
    • One official copy of transcripts showing course work for the bachelor’s degree.
    • GRE scores (if applicable).
    • Statement of intent describing reasons for applying to the MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice along with post-graduation plans.
    • Two reference letters that speak to the applicant’s academic potential.

Applicants must formally be admitted to the program by the Criminology and Criminal Justice Graduate Program Director.

Admission requirements for the Accelerated Master's option

  1. Junior standing and an overall GPA of 3.25 or better.
  2. Completion of CRM 210, CRM 320, CRM 340 and six additional hours of CRM with a GPA of 3.40 or better.
  3. Submit a written statement of purpose explaining why the student wants to pursue the accelerated master's program along with the prospective plans following graduation.
  4. Submit two reference letters from faculty familiar with their academic performance.
  5. Be formally admitted to the accelerated master's option by the Criminology Graduate Admissions Committee.