Admission to the master’s program will be competitive and entrance restricted to a limited number of well qualified applicants. Applicants should possess an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited university or college.
Each candidate will be evaluated on (1) past academic performance, (2) score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and (3) overall experience and progression in the criminal justice field or other areas of experience. Specific admissions criteria include:
- Completion of the WSU admissions application form
- Completion of the Department Master’s Degree application form
- Submission of official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
- Submission of a current resume
- Submission of a written personal statement explaining interest in the program
- Submission of official GRE scores
- TOEFL (required for International students and may be required for students who do not use English as their primary language)
The Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice requires the completion of 36 semester hours. Four core courses totaling 12 semester hours are required. These courses are:
A minimum GPA of 3.0 for all courses is required. No “C” grade is allowed in core courses.
The remaining hours will be chosen from elective courses of interest to the student. More than one “C” grade in these courses will not count toward completion of the degree. Students must choose between completing a Master’s Thesis, or taking additional course work in lieu of the thesis. The requirements for the thesis option are identified below. Regardless of the option chosen, the student must complete all degree requirements within four years of entry into the program.
- Complete 12 core credit hours.
- Complete 21 elective credit hours.
- Complete a minimum of three thesis credit hours (MCJ 6270 ). *
* Course may be taken twice by those selecting the Thesis Option.