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Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology Admissions & Application Information

Admission Requirements for Advanced Degrees

  • Degrees required:
    • A baccalaureate degree from a college or university, accredited by a recognized association for the master’s program.
    • A master’s degree (M.A. or M.S.) from a college or university, accredited by a recognized association for the doctoral program.
  • An undergraduate cumulative GPA minimum of 3.0,  grade point average of at least 3.0 from the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours), or a graduate GPA of at least 3.30 for 12 semester credit hours at an accredited graduate school. Note: the minimum GPA to be considered for admission is a 3.0, however a 3.5 or higher is preferred.
  • For students entering from a foreign university, evidence of English proficiency (i.e., Test of English as a Foreign Language) and financial resources.

**Please note: the department is currently not accepting applicants for the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and Criminology with a Certificate in Global Justice and Security Track**

Application Procedures

In order for your application to be considered for admission, all application materials, including recommendation forms and official GRE scores, must be sent directly to the WSU Graduate School. The application process is completed electronically through the apply now link below.

Applications for Fall 2021 semester are closed. Only accepting applications for Spring 2022 semester.

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Master’s program:  Priority deadline of January 10 for fall admission and July 1 for spring admission. Note: spring admission is on a space available basis and we typically do not encourage spring matriculation.
  • Doctoral program: Priority deadline of January 10 for fall admission. The Ph.D. program does not allow spring admission.

*A complete file contains:

  • Graduate School application completed online, including the $75 application fee. Apply now. 
  • Letter of intent and introduction, outlining areas of interest in Criminal Justice, faculty of interest, career objectives, and any academic or professional experiences that recommend you as an applicant.
  • Three original letters of recommendation from persons qualified to speak to your academic qualifications and potential. At least one of the letters of recommendation must be from a professor with a Ph.D. degree.
    • References will be contacted automatically through the CollegeNET online application system and are asked to submit a recommendation form electronically. These letters are used to help assess the quality of your academic and work experiences.
  • Transcripts (including all colleges or universities from which you have earned or expect to earn a degree, and all colleges or universities at which you have taken graduate level course work; transcripts for coursework taken at Washington State University are not required). Official transcripts are those mailed directly to the Graduate School from the registrar of the institution(s) you attended. Note: The department can evaluate you for admission using an unofficial transcript, however if you are recommended by the department for admission to the WSU Graduate School official copies will be needed at that time.
  • Official GRE scores sent to the Graduate School at institution code 4705. Find test centers and dates. GRE scores must be less than five years old.

    • Please note: The GRE requirement has been waived for this academic year (admission for 2021-2022). However, students who do not submit GRE scores need to submit a substantive paper of at least 5 pages that demonstrates the student’s ability to write and think analytically. You can send your essay to and Graduate Coordinator will add your essay to your application folder.
  • Official TOEFL score (for international applicants) — — or other approved test to assess English proficiency. Minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 85. Minimum acceptable IELTS score is 7.

*We consider an application only after all of the required information is on hand. Materials need to be submitted directly to the WSU Graduate School, not to the department except for the substantive paper to replace GRE requirement. Applications received after the deadlines may be reviewed on a space available basis. Prospective students can check with the Graduate Program Coordinator before the deadline (or a couple days after) to make sure all their information was received including their letters of recommendation.

Graduate Director
Dr. Dale Willits

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Maria R. Orozco