How to Apply to the Criminal Justice Major

Applications for the Criminal Justice major are currently closed.

The next application period will be from September 2 to October 15, 2014, for acceptance for the Spring 2015 semester.

Learn about impaction.

Important information for AS-T transfer degree students.


Incoming Freshmen

Orientation is mandatory for students who wish to later declare Criminal Justice as a major. You will learn about program requirements and meet the staff of the Criminal Justice Advising Center. 

Transfer Students

Because in-progress grades are no longer acceptable, students should be sure to complete the lower-division course requirements at least one semester prior to their transfer to Sac State.  Students who have the required lower-division coursework in progress at the time of admission to Sac State will not be eligible to apply to the major until the next major admission cycle; this does not affect the student's admission to the University, but will delay progress in the major.

AS-T transfer degree students are also subject to admission criteria.  Read more . . .

Orientation is mandatory for students who wish to declare Criminal Justice as a major.

Supplemental Application to the Criminal Justice major

The Chancellor's Office of the California State University has granted the Division of Criminal Justice impaction status for its undergraduate program effective Fall 2012.

Application to the Criminal Justice major requires meeting the Supplemental Admission Criteria listed below, and submitting a supplemental web application during the open admission period.

New applicants, including transfer students, must be admitted to the University prior to applying to the major.

To be considered for admission to the Criminal Justice program, all applicants must meet the following requirements:

1. Meet the eligibility requirements for the Criminal Justice major.  These requirements are:

  1. Overall GPA of 2.6 or higher.
  2. Completion of 45 units
  3. Prerequisite coursework completed with a grade of C or better at time of application.  (Confirm that your transfer courses are correct by referring to assist.org.) In-progress coursework is not acceptable.
    • CRJ 1  Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • CRJ 2  Law of Crimes
    • CRJ 4 General Investigative Techniques
    • CRJ 5  The Community and the Justice System

2. Complete the online Supplemental Application form.  If you have met the eligibility requirements above, you must formally apply to the major via the online supplemental application form.

The next application period for admission to the Criminal Justice major will be from September 2 to October 17, 2014, for the Spring 2015 semester.  The application can be accessed here.


3. Along with providing official transcripts to Admissions & Outreach, you must submit unofficial transcripts of all course work from institutions, other than Sacramento State, to the Criminal Justice Advising Center.

Mail:   
Division of Criminal Justice
Advising Center Coordinator
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6085

Email:  crj-division@csus.edu

Fax:     (916) 278-7692

Applicants are ranked based on overall GPA.  Qualified students who apply during the designated application period will be admitted until the Division reaches capacity.

Please contact the CRJ Advising Center at 916-278-6485 for additional questions or concerns.

 Click here for the supplemental application for Criminal Justice.