Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ)
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Graduate Admissions Office
Spring 2024 Application Deadline: December 15th, 2023
Application is a two-step process:
To be eligible for admission, an applicant will be required to present the following:
- Must have earned a baccalaureate degree conferred by a regionally-accredited institution
- Criminology, Sociology, or Psychology Theory course(s)
- Statistics or Quantitative Data Analysis
- Research Methods
- If an applicant does not have these required prerequisites or functional equivalents,
they may be required to complete them prior to full admission and/or may be granted
admission on a conditional basis.
- Official transcripts, submitted to the Office of Admissions, of all academic work previously undertaken, including graduate-level courses or degrees
- Transcripts should show completion of the following:
- Major or minor in criminal justice or related field is strongly preferred
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4-point scale)
- Emphasis is placed on the final 60 credit hours of study
- Three (3) letters of recommendation that address the applicant's potential for success
in graduate school, including written and oral communication skills, professionalism,
leadership potential, and critical thinking skills.
- Applicants who have not been enrolled at a university in the past 5 years may submit letters from employers, but must make an effort to get a letter from at least one former professor
- Applicants who do not meet the 3.0 minimum GPA requirement are expected to obtain
all three letters of recommendation from professors
- Letters should be from former/current professors who can speak directly to the applicant's academic skills and potential
- Completion of admission essay that demonstrates strong writing skills, rationale for seeking the MSCJ degree, and commitment to completion
- For graduates of universities where English is not the native language: minimum TOEFL scores of 550 with section scores of 50 or higher.
Any student accepted into the Master of Science Criminal Justice program may be required to take undergraduate course work in Criminal Justice. Applicants who have earned a graduate degree in a field other than criminal justice at an accredited institution, and who meet all other admission requirements are required to submit all graduate transcripts.