Graduate Program: Master's of Criminal Justice

The application filing period for Fall 2019 begins on October 1, 2018, and ends on March 1, 2019. 

Admission Requirements:

Domestic Applicants:

  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. Apply to the University at CalStateApply  .
  3. A GPA of 3.0 in the major and 3.0 in the last 60 units attempted.
  4. 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.
  5. Submission of Graduate Record Examination scores including the Analytical Writing scores of 4.0 or higher.
  6. 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.

International Applicants:

  1. Must apply through International Admissions.
  2. Above listed items 1-6.
  3. TOEFL Test - Students that earned a degree from an institution located in a nation where English is not the official language must take the TOEFL Test and earn a Graduate score of 550 on the paper-based test, or 80 on the internet-based test.

Accepted applicants will be enrolling in courses offered in the evenings (Monday through Thursday). 

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. 

Information regarding tuition, fees, and payment options.

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 being revised.  Please check back for the updated version.