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Master's in Criminal Justice Requirements

A student applying for acceptance into the M.S. program in Criminal Justice should note the following requirements:

  1. Admittance into the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Graduate School.
  2. Baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited institution of higher education and a minimum GPA of 2.75 in all courses taken and 3.0 on the last 60 hours taken.
  3. Successful completion of an undergraduate research methods course within a social science discipline (criminal justice, sociology, political science, psychology or the equivalent). If admitted without this, you will be required to enroll in and complete CJUS 301 during your first semester of graduate study. This course will not be counted toward your M.S. degree.
  4. Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Admissions will not be based solely on this score, but rather upon complete examination of all application materials.
  5. Submit a personal statement and three letters of recommendation.
    • An applicant’s personal statement and letters of reference should be forwarded to the Graduate School, either by email at gradschool@louisiana.edu or by mail at UL Lafayette Graduate School, Martin Hall, Suite 332, 104 University Circle, Lafayette, LA  70503.
  6. If native language is not English, minimum TOEFL score as specified by the Graduate School.
  7. Students will demonstrate mastery of their field of study in one of two ways, the Thesis or the Comprehensive Exam. This decision should be reached by the beginning of the third semester of study. In either case, after twelve hours of coursework has been completed students must choose three committee members from among the Criminal Justice graduate faculty to serve on the thesis committee or comprehensive examination committee.

Download the Criminal Justice Master of Science Handbook to learn more about what we expect of you when you join our Master's program.