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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 students is based upon evaluations of both qualitative and quantitative information.

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.

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.

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.

Admission to the Criminal Justice 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 no more than five years old.  Applicants who took the MAT may also be required to submit a “Writing Proficiency Essay.
  • Two letters of recommendation.