General Questions

How do I learn more about Wayne State University and all of the degree programs it offers?

Visit us on the internet at http://www.wayne.edu or call 1-877-WSU-INFO or 1-877-978-4636.

Could a General Education advisor answer my questions about the Criminal Justice Program?

All questions or requests for information about the Criminal Justice major requirements should be directed to a Criminal Justice advisor at 313-577-2705.Appointments are scheduled online at wams.wayne.edu/go/ls_crj. Although General Education advisors may answer your questions about the Criminal Justice major requirements, they may not be aware of any recent changes. Thus, all information provided by another source should be confirmed with the Criminal Justice advisor to ensure it is current and accurate.

I’m ready to graduate. What do I do?

At least one semester before a student expects to complete all degree requirements, s(he) should contact their Criminal Justice academic advisor to verify that s(he) has or will complete all degree requirements.

Once a student has confirmed that s(he) has or will complete ALL of the degree requirements, an Application for Degree or Certificate must be filed via www.pipeline.wayne.edu by no later than the fourth week of classes in the semester the student anticipates completing all of the requirements.

How do I drop or withdraw from a class?

Students may withdraw from a class via www.pipeline.wayne.edu prior to the 10th week of the semester. However, tuition is reimbursed only if the class is dropped by no later than the end of the second week of classes. Students should contact the Registration Office (313-577-3541) or visit http://sdcl.wayne.edu/RegistrarWeb/Registrar/Reghome for deadlines, policies and procedures relative to dropping or withdrawing from classes.

How do I add a class?

Students may add a class via www.pipeline.wayne.edu, prior to the end of the fourth week of classes. Students should contact the Registration Office (313-577-3541) or visit http://sdcl.wayne.edu/RegistrarWeb/Registrar/Reghome for deadlines, policies and procedures relative to adding classes.

How do I get a transcript?

Students can print an unofficial transcript via Pipeline at http://www.pipeline.wayne.edu and clicking on the “Students” tab/link. A list of all of the functions students can complete via this website will appear, and by clicking on the function description (e.g., Transcripts) students can access instructions on how to perform the function. Official transcript requests must be made in writing and detailed instructions can be found online at http://sdcl.wayne.edu/RegistrarWeb/Registrar/Reghome and clicking on the link to “Transcripts.” For more information, students may also contact Student Records at 313-577-3531.

How do I apply for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice graduate degree program?

All admission criteria and all degree requirements for both traditional on-campus and online Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree are listed here. Once an applicant has determined that s(he) meets all of the eligibility requirements for admission to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice graduate degree program, an application for admission must be completed and submitted online at: http://gradadmissions.wayne.edu/apply.php.

Is the application process for the fully online program different than the application process for the traditional on-campus program?

The application process for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice graduate degree program is the same regardless of whether a student chooses to complete the program fully online or in the traditional classroom. Applicants will be asked during the process to indicate which track they are choosing. The admission application can be found here.

Is it possible to transfer into the Criminal Justice Graduate Program from another graduate program?

Students who have already been admitted to another WSU graduate degree program must meet all of the admissions eligibility requirements to transfer to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program, as listed in the graduate handbook.  If all eligibility requirements have been met, the student must download/print and complete the Change of Graduate Status form, which can be accessed online at: http://www.gradschool.wayne.edu and following the links to “Current Students” and “Downloadable Forms.”  The student should complete the Change of Graduate Status form and submit it to the Criminal Justice Graduate Director with a current WSU unofficial transcript, which can be accessed and printed by the student online at http://www.pipeline.wayne.edu. Students currently enrolled in a graduate program at another university must formally apply for admission.  For more information, see FAQ “How do I apply for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program?”

How do I know what classes I need for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice?

All course and degree requirements are reviewed with the student once s(he) has been formally admitted.  A complete list of the course and degree requirements can be accessed and downloaded from the graduate handbook.   For clarification of these requirements or for additional information, students should contact the Criminal Justice Department at (313) 577-0772

I’m interested in attending your Master’s Degree Program in Criminal Justice but my G.P.A is less than a 2.75.  How can I raise my G.P.A. to meet the eligibility requirements for admission?

The G.P.A. evaluated for admission to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree Program is the cumulative or overall weighted G.P.A. of all the colleges/universities  the applicant has attended. Therefore, an applicant with less than a 2.75 weighted G.P.A. will not be admitted to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree Program.

How long does it take to earn a Criminal Justice Master’s Degree?

The Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice requires completion of 32 semester credit hours, including 3 semester credits for the Master’s Capstone or Essay, or 6 semester credits for the Master’s Thesis and Oral Defense.  Typically, part-time graduate students will complete the Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice Degree Program in an average of three (3) years, completing most, if not all, of the coursework in 2 academic years and the Master’s Essay or Thesis in the final 2 semesters or third year.

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