March 1 is the priority admission deadline for scholarship consideration. However, the MA program in criminal justice and the dual degree program will accept applications for fall until May 1 and applications for spring admission will be accepted until December 1

More information about admission procedures is available at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Students applying to the MA/MPA program apply to the criminal justice program online and then indicate in the statement of purpose their intention to apply to the dual MA/MPA.

Applying to the Program

Applicants to the MA and the MA/MPA program must:

  1. Complete a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Submit official transcript(s) showing all course work from undergraduate and graduate schools. The minimum GPA for admission is 3.0.
  3. Complete an undergraduate course in statistics and another in research methods. This requirement can be fulfilled after admission. Prior coursework or experience in criminal justice is also recommended.
  4. Submit the results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Results must be received directly from the Educational Testing Service. Results of laws school (LSAT) or business (GMAT) exams may be substituted in place of the GRE. The GRE requirement is waived for applicants who received their baccalaureate degree 10 or more years prior to application or who have worked in the field of criminal justice for 10 or more years.
  5. Submit three letters of recommendation. Academic recommendations are preferred.
  6. Submit a statement of purpose.
  7. Submit a brief resume if one’s work experience is relevant to the application.

Non-Matriculated Admission

The program accepts a limited number of students on a non-matriculated basis. To apply as a non-matriculated student:

  1. Complete a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Submit official transcript(s) showing all course work from undergraduate and graduate schools. The minimum GPA for admission is 3.0.
  3. Complete an undergraduate course in statistics and another in research methods. This requirement can be fulfilled after admission. Prior coursework or experience in criminal justice is also recommended.
  4. Submit three letters of recommendation.
  5. Submit a statement of purpose.
  6. Submit a brief resume if one’s work experience is relevant to the application.

Non-matriculated students are limited to two courses per semester and are limited to a total of 12 credits. Advancement to degree status takes place on or before the 12 credit mark, requires a minimum B grade in each course, submission of GRE scores, and the approval of the graduate program director.