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To be considered for regular status as a graduate student in the Department of Criminal Justice, students must meet general Graduate College requirements and the following department requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or related social or behavioral science with at least a 3.0 GPA is required for admission.
  • Applicants with less than a 3.0 cumulative GPA may still apply to the program with submission of Graduate Record Exam (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.
  •  It is strongly recommended that applicants complete introduction to criminal justice, criminological theory, and statistics coursework prior to admission. Applicants who have not completed these courses have the option to take these courses at the undergraduate-level and/or complete a reading list in order to prepare for graduate-level coursework on these topics.

Admission into our graduate program is a competitive process as openings are limited. Students not meeting the department requirements may be considered on a case-by-case basis as openings are available.

For further information, please reach out to the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. William King, at

Application Deadlines

Fall – January 15 (priority), April 1 (final)
Spring – September 15 (priority), November 1 (final)

How to apply

To apply to the M. A. in Criminal Justice, please complete the following:

  1. Fill out the online application for admission to the Graduate College.
  2. Request official transcripts from all institutions previously attended to be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office, MS-1110, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho 83725-1110.
  3. Scores from the Graduate Review Examination (GRE), if applicable, should also be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office.
  4. To complete your application, you will upload the following:
    1. A Statement of Purpose. This statement should explain the student’s reasons for seeking admission and what they hope to achieve in the program.
    2. Three letters of recommendation from professors/instructors competent to judge the student’s likelihood of success in a graduate course of study.

For further information, please reach out to the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. William King, at

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