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Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology Admissions & Application Information

Admission Requirements for Advanced Degrees

  • A baccalaureate degree from a college or university, accredited by a recognized association.
  • 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.

Application Procedures

In order for your application to be considered for admission submit application materials, including recommendation forms and official GRE scores to the WSU Graduate School. The application process is completed electronically through The Graduate School and starts by creating a profile HERE.

     *For admission in 2022-2023, students may opt to submit a writing sample in lieu of GRE scores.

For both the MA and PHD program:  Priority deadline is January 10 for fall admission

We are currently not offering spring admission.

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 writing sample. Applications received after the deadlines may be reviewed on a space available basis.

A complete file contains:

  • Graduate School application completed online, including the $75 application fee. More Information on admissions please visit the Graduate School Admission website HERE.
  • 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. 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). YourOfficial Transcripts” are records from your degree conferring institution sent directly to the WSU Graduate School, upon your request to that institution. The department can evaluate you for admission using unofficial transcripts but if recommended for admission, the WSU Graduate School will need your official transcripts to confirm.
  • Official GRE scores sent to the Graduate School at institution code 4705. Find test centers and dates. Scores must be less than five years old. The department does not have set established minimum scores required to be considered for admission. For admission in 2022-2023, students may opt to submit a writing sample in lieu of GRE scores.

To submit a writing sample, students must submit a substantial sole-authored written paper (of at least 5 pages for MA applicants and 10 pages for PhD applicants). This writing sample will be evaluated using the GRE Analytical Writing measure (i.e., to assess applicants “ability to articulate and support complex ideas, construct and evaluate arguments, and sustain a focused and coherent discussion”) . You can send your writing sample to criminaljustice@wsu.edu and the Graduate Coordinator will add it to your application folder.

Graduate Director
Dale Willits 

Graduate Program Coordinator
Rachel Christofferson