Criminal Justice (M.S.)

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. Strong undergraduate social science preparation is recommended, and additional undergraduate course work may be specified in criminal justice or related areas where such preparation is inadequate.

Admission to the graduate program in Criminal Justice is based on:

  1. evidence of a completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university,
  2. the quality of the applicant's undergraduate record,
  3. two letters of recommendation, and
  4. a personal statement.

In determining admission for the individual applicant, the Graduate Committee evaluates the student's undergraduate record (with special emphasis on upper division courses: junior/senior year), the level of difficulty of course work, as well as grade point average (g.p.a.) in the student's major, the strength of the recommendations, and the quality of the personal statement. The minimum standard for admission as a regular Master's student is a cumulative weighted undergraduate g.p.a. of 3.0 or better. Applicants with an undergraduate g.p.a. between 2.75 and 2.99 may be considered for admission, but are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and provide a written exception statement justifying why they are capable of graduate work and explaining why their undergraduate g.p.a. is below 3.0.

Applicants to the Master of Science program in Criminal Justice must:

  1. complete and submit the Graduate School's online application;
  2. have their official transcripts mailed directly from the applicant's undergraduate school/college (transcripts from all schools attended must be submitted) to the Office of Graduate Admissions, Wayne State University, 5057 Woodward, Suite 6000, Detroit, MI 48202 (student transcripts may not be transmitted via the applicant);
  3. have two (2) letters of recommendation, preferably from former professors or instructors, submitted online; and
  4. submit a personal statement.

Personal statements should answer the question why you wish to pursue a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice and be no longer than one single-spaced page. Statements must be submitted as part of the online application process.

Questions concerning the admission process should be directed to the Criminal Justice Department at 313-577-0772.