Division of Criminal Justice

Graduate Program: Master's of Criminal Justice

The application filing period for the Spring 2016 semester begins on August 1, 2015, through September 15, 2015.

The application filing period for the Fall 2016 semester begins on October 1, 2015.

Admission Requirements:

  1. A baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice.  Applicants with degrees in related fields (sociology, psychology, public administration, political science, government, or the like) will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and may be required to complete a course of study or a pro-seminar course in criminal justice as a prerequisite to being admitted to the Criminal Justice Graduate Program.
  2. A GPA of 3.0 in the major and 3.0 in the last 60 units attempted.
  3. A letter outlining in some detail the applicant’s experience, interests, goals, and expectations in pursuing the MS in Criminal Justice.  This will assist us in assigning an initial advisor.
  4. Submission of Graduate Record Examination scores including the Analytical Writing scores of 4.0 or higher.
  5. Three letters of recommendation from the student’s former faculty who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for graduate study.  Applicants applying after having been out of college for several years may have recommendations submitted by their employers or other professionals.

Accepted applicants will be enrolling in courses offered in the evenings (Monday through Thursday). Students will be limited to 6 units each semester and will have the option of completing a thesis, project, or comprehensive examination as the culminating experience.

All files will be ranked in order of recommended admissions. A list of ranked files will be sent periodically to the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) for review and processing. Some applicants may receive an offer of admission from OGS prior to the application and document submission deadline. Other applicants may be placed on a waitlist if there are more qualified applicants than the number of spaces available in the program. 

Questions regarding our graduate program, contact:
Dr. Yvette Farmer, Graduate Coordinator
(916) 278-5062

Donna Vasiliou, ASC II / Graduate Coordinator Assistant
(916) 278-6297


The Graduate Handbook for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice

The Graduate Handbook is a vital resource for both graduate students and faculty teaching graduate level courses. It is the primary document for answering the majority of the questions that will arise during a student’s participation in the graduate program. Occasionally, questions arise that may not be addressed by the Manual. In those cases, students or faculty shall direct their questions to the Graduate Coordinator for resolution.

The Graduate Handbook- revised 11/8/2013