Admission Requirements

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The criminology and criminal justice program accepts graduate students for fall, spring, and summer semesters. Applications for admission into the program will be accepted until July 20th for the fall semester, December 20th for the spring semester, and May 24th for the summer semester. However, it is recommended that you apply as early as possible to ensure admission space is available.


To gain admission into the criminology graduate program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have earned a bachelor's degree in criminology, criminal justice, or a related field
  • Maintained an overall 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale OR at least a 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours of academic coursework OR 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.

Application procedures

Acceptance into a graduate program at Missouri State requires admission into both the Graduate College and the specific master's program. Therefore, acceptance into the Graduate College does not automatically provide acceptance into the specific graduate program. To apply to the Master of Science in Criminology program, you should complete the steps listed below:

  1. Apply to the Graduate College online or by completing a paper copy, which is available in the University's Graduate Catalog.
  2. Pay the application fee of $35 (NOTE: If you are an international student we would be happy to assist you in your process of admission.)
  3. Submit your GRE scores to the University (if required)
  4. Write a statement of intent describing your reasons for applying to the criminology program, what you hope to gain from this educational experience and your post-graduate plans
  5. Provide three letters of reference discussing your academic potential, preferably from academic sources

Your statement of intent and three letters of reference should be sent directly to the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice at:

Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice
Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897

Application review process

All applications are reviewed by the Criminology Graduate Admissions Committee. Please note that the requirements listed above are minimum criteria and do not guarantee admission. The committee determines admission on a case-by-case basis, considering work experience and indicators of academic potential. It also establishes the terms for full admission to the program.