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Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program Admission Requirements

Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program Admission Requirements

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Master of Science in Criminal Justice
Program Admission Requirements

The Department of Social Sciences, in collaboration with the Dore' School of Graduate Studies and the School of Extended Education, offers a program leading to a degree of Master of Science in criminal justice with a concentration in justice administration.  This program offers broad training in the field of criminal justice with a focus upon police, court, and correctional administration.  The program is offered online exclusively. 
In order to be admitted officially to the program, an applicant must first be admitted, either as "conditional" or "regular," to the Dore' School of Graduate Studies. Once receiving an official admission notice, he/she must apply for program admission. To be admitted to the program, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Applicants with at least five years of experience in a criminal justice or an allied field with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average 2.75 or higher will be considered.
  2. A minimum score of 1100 on admission formula: (150 x undergraduate GPA + GRE [Verbal + Quantitative] score)
  3. A typewritten statement of 350-400 words briefly describing the candidate's personal biography, career goals, and reason for applying to the program (.doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf formats only).
  4. A professional or academic writing sample, such as an upper-level course term paper or any other writing assignment, that demonstrates critical thought, research skills, and personal style (.doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf formats only).
  5. Contact information for three academic and/or professional references (see following page). References will be contacted directly via email by a program representative.
  6. A professional resume, preferably one page, that includes academic credentials and professional experience with job duties, organizations, and dates of service.  

Only complete applications will be reviewed. Incomplete applications will not be acknowledged or considered.
Complete applications will be reviewed by a screening committee. Applicants will be notified of the committee's decision. Typically, this notification will be sent within four-to-six weeks after the complete application is received.
Questions about admission? Contact us at or 337.475.5424.