Admission Requirements

Apply to this program through a central application. Review the sections below before you begin.

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The criminology and criminal justice program accepts graduate students for the fall, spring and summer semesters. Apply as early as possible to ensure admission space is available.

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.


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.

Application due dates

  • August 16 (fall semester)
  • January 11 (spring semester)
  • June 7 (summer semester)

Application due dates for international students

  • August 2 (fall semester) 
  • January 1 (spring semester)
  • May 24 (summer semester)