MA in Criminology, Law, and Justice

Admission Requirements

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Complete transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate work must be submitted. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • Baccalaureate Field Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree in criminology, law, and justice or a related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00a for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study.
  • Tests Required GRE General (verbal, quantitative, and analytic writing). The combined verbal and quantitative scores on the GRE should be at or above the 50th percentile.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 550 (paper-based); 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based), OR,
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three required, preferably from professors familiar with student’s recent work or in case of the applicants with professional experience, from supervisors.
  • Personal Statement Required; one page. The statement should address the applicant’s reasons for wanting to take graduate work in criminology, law, and justice and the relationship of this advanced training to the applicant’s professional and other goals.
  • Other Requirements Applicants must submit a sample of their academic writing. Applicants are also encouraged to submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Nondegree Applicants The department will consider applicants for nondegree status who hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College.
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In exceptional situations, students with GPAs less than 3.00/4.00 but higher than 2.75, or without strong backgrounds in the social sciences, may be admitted on limited status and will be required to remedy academic deficiencies before being admitted to regular status.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the minimum requirements of the Graduate College, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 40.
  • Course Work
Required Courses
Law and Society
Criminological Theory
Criminal Justice: Process and Institutions
Race, Class, and Gender Dimensions of Crime and Justice
Quantitative Methods and Design
Qualitative Methods and Design
Statistical Applications in Criminology, Law, and Justice I
Electives
12 semester hours of electives, including one of the following CLJ Signature Seminars:
The Dynamics and Behavior in Criminal Justice Agencies
Violence and Victimization
Legal Discourse and Culture in Law and Society
Of the remaining 8 elective hours, 4 hours must be at the 500-level.
  • Comprehensive Examination Required.
  • Thesis, Project, or Course-Work-Only Options Course work only with comprehensive examination required. No other options are available.

Interdepartmental Concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies

Students earning a graduate degree in this department may complement their courses by enrolling in a concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies after consulting with their graduate advisor. See Gender and Women’s Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for more information.

Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Latin American and Latino Studies

Students earning a graduate degree in this department may complement their courses by enrolling in a concentration in Latin American and Latino Studies. See Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Latin American and Latino Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for more information.

Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Survey Research Methodology

Students earning a graduate degree in this department may complement their courses by enrolling in a concentration in Survey Research Methodology. See Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Survey Research Methodology in the Graduate College section for more information.

Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Violence Studies

Students earning a graduate degree in this department may complement their courses by enrolling in a concentration in Violence Studies after consulting with their graduate advisor. See Violence Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section or the Jane Addams College of Social Work section for more information.