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Criminal Justice Graduate Program

A Masters of Science in Criminal Justice is the perfect next step for students and professionals wishing to take their careers to the next level.

Students should consult the Graduate School and the University Catalog for specific information. The Office of the Graduate School is responsible for the administration of the University graduate admission policy. The decision to admit a student is based upon evaluations of both qualitative and quantitative information.


About the Program

Student will take advanced coursework in diverse subjects such as corrections, policing, courts, comparative/cross cultural issues, minorities and gender issues, victimology, white collar crime, terrorism, ethics, and popular culture.  The skills students learn position them competitively for leadership and management positions in every area of the field.

Evening classes are offered for professionals seeking to advance their careers without putting their lives on hold, and flexible curriculum guarantees that you learn the skills relevant to your interests and earn the degree you want.

The 36 hour program consists of 12 hours of required courses and 18-24 hours of electives depending on if students wish to take a comprehensive exam or write a thesis.

For more information on the application process, degree requirements, and more, please consult the catalogue page or contact Graduate Studies coordinator Gale Iles.

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Regular Graduate Admission

Students must:

  • hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university,
  • have a minimum GPA of 2.7 (based on a 4.0 scale) on all undergraduate work,
  • be approved by the Criminal Justice Department

Most students whose native language is not English will be required to submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  International students may get assistance in the admission process and should be sure to consult with staff in that area.

The program is selective, and not all students are admitted to the Criminal Justice degree program. Only students with sufficiently high undergraduate grade point averages and GRE scores, effective supplemental applications forms, and excellent letters of recommendation are accepted into the degree program.

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Conditional Admission

Students who do not meet the GPA admission requirement should contact the staff of the Graduate School office to discuss alternative requirements. It might be possible to be admitted conditionally. Conditional admission is a one-time opportunity extended to students who are United States citizens or permanent residents to prove that, despite a low grade point average in undergraduate studies, they can now perform satisfactorily in graduate classes. Enrollment in graduate courses under a conditional admission status does not imply admission into the criminal justice degree program.  More information is available in the Graduate Catalog.

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Admission as a Non-degree Candidate

An applicant who meets admission requirements and wishes to enroll in graduate courses and earn credit without pursuing a specific degree program may be admitted as a non-degree graduate student; however, they are not eligible for financial aid.

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Admission to the Graduate Program

Students must submit the following application materials:

A completed university application form:

  • Payment of the $35 non refundable application fee,
  • An official transcript from each college or university previously attended, (sent directly from the institution to the Graduate School office),
  • An official report of the applicant’s score on the  Miller Analogy Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) that is not less than five years old.  Applicants who took the MAT may also be required to submit a “Writing Proficiency Essay. prescribed test for admission.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

A completed program application form: Apply to the Criminal Justice Graduate Program →

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