Graduate Program: Master's of Criminal Justice


The application filing period for the Fall 2014 semester begins on October 1, 2013

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.

 Applicant files will be reviewed as soon as they are complete. A file is considered complete when:

  1. application and transcripts have been submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies; and letter of intent, GRE score, and
  2. letters of recommendation have been received by the Division of Criminal Justice.

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—March 1, 2014. Other applicants may be placed on a waitlist if there are more qualified applicants than the number of spaces available in the program. Applicant files without all required documents on March 1, 2014 will be considered incomplete and will be denied admission.

If you have any questions regarding these requirements or other matters concerning our graduate program, please contact Dr. Farmer at (916) 278-5062, or by e-mail at drfarmer@csus.edu.  

 

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