Admission Criteria

Admission to the graduate program in Criminal Justice is based on:

  1. Evidence of a completed Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited College or University.
  2. Quality of the applicant's undergraduate record, as evidenced by his/her undergraduate GPA.
  3. Two letters of recommendation.
  4. Personal statement ( Why do you want to study criminal justice at the Master's level?).

In determining admission for the individual applicant, the Graduate Committee evaluates the student's undergraduate record (with special emphasis on upper-division courses [junior/senior year]), the level of difficulty of course work, as well as grade point average (GPA) in the student's major, the strength of recommendations, and the quality of the personal statement. The standard for admission as a regular Master's student is an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better.

Applicants with an undergraduate GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 may be considered for admission, but are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and have the GRE scores sent directly to WSU. In addition, applicants with an undergraduate GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 must upload their exception statement as part of the online application process.

Application Deadlines

Your application must be submitted by the appropriate deadline in order to be considered for the following semester. 

Term to Start

Deadline for Application *

Fall (August to December)June 1st
Winter (January to May)October 1st

 

 

 

*Complete Fall and Winter term applications will be reviewed on June 1st and October 1st respectively.  Applications are not accepted for the Spring/Summer terms.

 Applying to the Program

Applicants to the Master of Science program in Criminal Justice must:

  1. Complete and submit the Graduate School’s on-line admission application at http://www.gradadmissions.wayne.edu.
  2. Have official transcripts mailed directly from all of the applicant’s undergraduate schools/colleges previously attended  to the Graduate Admissions Office, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202. Student transcripts may not be transmitted via student.
  3. Have two (2) letters of recommendation from former professors/instructors uploaded or submitted online as part of the application process.  Letters may also be submitted via facsimile to 313-577-9977.
  4. Submit a personal statement responding to the question: Why do you want to study criminal justice at the Master's level? Personal statements should be no longer than 1 single-spaced page.  Statements must be submitted as part of the online application process.
  5. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 must take the GRE and have the GRE scores sent directly to WSU. In addition, applicants with an undergraduate GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 must upload their exception statement as part of the online application process.

The Graduate Bulletin contains regulations that determine admissions, tuition and fees, student records, academic procedures and degree requirements. Those regulations are supplemented by the policies and procedures contained in this document. The Bulletin can be accessed on-line at www.bulletins.wayne.edu.

Questions concerning the admission process should be directed to the Criminal Justice Department at 313-577-0772

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