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Apply now by completing our online application with the MACJ program code 53202.

 

The priority deadline for scholarship consideration for the fall semester is March 1. However, if you missed that deadline we’ll accept your application until May 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.

If you’re applying to the MACJ/MPA program, indicate the MA in Criminal Justice on the online application and then indicate in the statement of purpose your intention to apply to the dual MACJ/MPA.

For more information about admission procedures you can visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

 

Applying to the Program

You must complete all of the following requirements to apply to both the MACJ and dual MACJ/MPA program.

  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 5 or more years prior to application or who have worked in the field of criminal justice for 5 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.

 

Conditional Admission

Students who do not readily meet the admission requirements but think they would be a strong candidate for the MACJ program are encouraged to speak with the Graduate Director, Richard Stansfield, about conditional admission.

 

Non-Matriculated Admission

If you’d like to take courses for any reason before fully enrolling in a degree program, you may apply as a non-matriculated student. Please note that the program accepts a limited number of non-matriculated students. To apply as a non-matriculated student complete the following requirements.

  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.