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Criminal Justice Degree Requirements

Admission to the Master of Science in Justice Administration program will be based on evidence that the applicant has demonstrated academic proficiency and the capability for success at the graduate level.

Documentation for the following items must be received before an admission decision is made:

  • Completed graduate application form with application fee.
  • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work from accredited colleges or universities.
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A 500-word writing sample focusing on the applicant's academic preparation, professional experience and aspirations in pursuing a master’s in Justice Administration.
  • Two (2) letters of reference assessing the applicant’s academic and professional potential and the character and maturity of the applicant. One letter must be from a member of the law enforcement or corrections community.
  • Successful completion of an interview with the Program Director or the Program Director’s designee.
  • Documentation of language fluency for non-native speakers of English, such as a score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum acceptable TOEFL or IELTS scores for admission are:
      Paper-based TOEFL (PBT): 550
      Internet-based TOEFL (IBT): 79
      IELTS: 6

Conditional Admission

An applicant whose undergraduate transcript does not meet the minimum requirements as defined above may be admitted to the program conditionally. The terms of Conditional Admission include:

  • A Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.60 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Possible completion of specified undergraduate prerequisite courses during the first two (2) semesters of enrollment with grades of “B” or better.
  • Maintenance of a GPA of 3.0 during the first twelve (12) hours of master’s level coursework.

Advanced Standing

Candidates for the MJA degree may be admitted with Advanced Standing if they have completed career development training and education through the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council (KLEC), other appropriately credentialed professional agencies or organizations in Kentucky, or appropriately credentialed professional agencies or organizations in states outside of Kentucky.

Get started today. If you have questions about our criminal justice degree plan, call 855.791.7201 or simply fill out the short Student Information Form.

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