Before applying, you should read the program overview (on this page) in order to familiarize yourself with the program. If you are considering joining our PhD program you should also realize that the program is a significant commitment on your part. We appreciate that and will endeavor to fit your aspirations with an appropriate faculty advisor who is in your research area of interest. With that in mind, you should read the faculty descriptions (on this page) and consider which faculty members you might be interested in working with.The program assign all students to a faculty advisor who helps and guides the student through the program.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and a superior record of academic achievement from an accredited institution. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required. Previous work in criminal justice or a cognate discipline is preferred. Cognate disciplines within social sciences include: Anthropology,Geography, Law, Urban Studies, Sociology, Psychology, History, Political Science, and Women’s Studies.
Successful applicants to the graduate programs will usually have at least the following credentials:
- GRE scores of at least 153 on the Verbal section and 144 on the Quantitative section.
An overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale, and an average in the major of at least 3.2.
- Applicants to the Ph.D. program who have completed graduate level coursework should have at least a 3.0 average for that coursework.