A prospective student may apply at any time and should follow the general graduate application procedure for degree-seeking students (see Graduate Admissions Policies). Admission to the program is based on:
- Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
- A baccalaureate degree in an appropriate scientific discipline from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or from a non-U.S. institution of higher education that is judged equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree by the International Admissions Office. Applicants should have an undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.00 on a 4-point system.
- An undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (based on a 4-point scale) computed for all undergraduate credits from the applicant’s most recent baccalaureate degree.
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended.
- A statement of purpose describing goals, reasons for seeking admission, and choice of department for graduate education.
- Completion of an undergraduate criminal justice theory course, introductory criminal justice course, and statistics course
- Applicants with less than a 3.00 cumulative GPA may still apply to the program with submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores of 152 or higher on each of the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections and a score of 4 or higher on the Analytical Writing section.
- Three letters of recommendation. If the applicant graduated in the last five years, they should all be from professors/instructors. In not, letters should come from professional references.