How to Apply to the Criminal Justice Major

The next application period for the Criminal Justice major will be from February 1 to March 15, 2018, for the Fall 2018 semester.


Learn about impaction.

AS-T transfer degree students


Incoming Freshmen

As an incoming freshman, you will be given the designation of "Expressed Interest - Criminal Justice".  Before you can apply to become a Criminal Justice major, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  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.   
    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

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.

What is the difference between transferring with or without an AS-T?

An AS-T in Administration of Justice will give you eligibility to apply to the Criminal Justice major with fewer classes completed (they will need to be completed to obtain your degree at Sac State), and a 0.10 GPA bonus.  Otherwise, all four prerequisite courses must be complete at the time of application.

With AS-T degree Without AS-T degree
CRJ 1 Must be at least in-progress. Must be complete.
CRJ 2 Must be at least in-progress. Must be complete.
CRJ 4 Does not need to be complete. Must be complete.
CRJ 5 Does not need to be complete. Must be complete.
GPA bonus Yes No

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.

3. If you have questions about impaction or the application process, you may attend one of these information sessions:

  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018,  4:30-5:30 - Alpine Hall 122
  • Thursday, February 22, 2018, 4:00-5:00 - Eureka Hall 115
  • Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 5:00-6:00 - Brighton Hall 110

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 crj-advising@csus.edu for additional questions or concerns.

 Click here for the supplemental application for Criminal Justice.