Admissions Requirements: Master of Science in Criminal Justice

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Admission into the University of Cincinnati’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice online program is selective and based on meeting the requirements outlined below. A background in criminal justice is not required for this program.

Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s Degree (in any field of study) from a regionally accredited university
  • An overall 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or higher from all previous undergraduate
    coursework. An overall 2.75 GPA will be considered for acceptance with at least
    one of the following:

    • Five years of criminal justice work experience (does not include social
      work)
    • Nine hours of graduate coursework with a 3.0 GPA or higher with a
      regionally accredited college or university
    • A minimum combined score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative parts of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within five years of your application
  • At least one professional or academic letter of recommendation
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Application Deadline: January 12, 2020

Bachelor’s Degree

A bachelor’s degree (in any field of study) from a regionally accredited university.


Letters of Recommendation

At least one professional or academic letter of recommendation presented on corresponding professional letterhead.


Minimum GPA

An overall 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or higher from all previous undergraduate coursework. An overall 2.75 GPA will be considered for acceptance with at least one of the following:

  • Five years of criminal justice work experience (does not include social work)
  • Nine hours of graduate coursework with a 3.0 GPA or higher with a regionally accredited college or university
  • A minimum combined score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative parts of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within five years of your application.

Minimum TOEFL Score

International applicants must have a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 (paper version) or 190 (electronic version) to be considered for acceptance.


Transfer Credits

Have you already completed some graduate study? You may transfer up to 9 hours of graduate credit in criminal justice or criminology courses from a regionally accredited college or university. These credits must have been earned within the last five years prior to entrance into the program and can be used only for general electives. Talk to your enrollment advisor to discuss the petition process.

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