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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 or a GPA of  3.0 in 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 (Introduction to Research Methods) 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. *The GRE requirement
    is waived for applicants who graduated from UL Lafayette with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or
    higher and/or students with at least at 2.7 cumulative undergraduate GPA and at least 3 years of
    relevant work experience (criminology and criminal justice). The decision to waive the GRE for
    applicants with a 2.75 cumulative GPA and at least 3 years of relevant work experience will be
    based on the quality of work experience and the information provided in the letters of
    recommendation. The GRE may also be waived, at the discretion of the Graduate Coordinator,
    for applicants with a terminal degree or professional degree.
  5. Provide contact information on your application for three sources who will submit letters of reference. We highly encourage applicants to seek out references who are familiar with their academic work.
  6. Upload a statement of purpose to your application.
  7. If native language is not English, achieve minimum TOEFL score as specified by the Graduate School.