Admission Requirements

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Entrance requirements for regular MS, Criminology Program

  1. A bachelor's degree in sociology, criminology, or criminal justice; AND a minimum overall 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 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 without a bachelor’s degree in sociology, criminology or criminal justice may be required to take up to fifteen hours of undergraduate course work at the discretion of the Graduate Director. The requirement for course work may be waived by the Graduate Director based on equivalent course work, professional education, and/or work experience in the criminal justice system.
  3. 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 program admission committee 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 committee will set terms for full admission to the program.
  4. 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 along with post-graduation plans.
    • Three reference letters that speak to the applicant’s academic potential.

Applicants must formally be admitted to the program by the Criminology Graduate Admissions Committee.

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.