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Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
Preparing future professionals in the field of criminal justice
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General Information

  • Degree: Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • College: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Department: Criminal Justice

Application Deadline
Applications are accepted year-round, and students can begin the program during any academic term. There are two separate applications to be admitted to this program. Please complete both the University application and Program Application.

  • Notice to out-of-state distance students: Western Oregon University is unable to accept new distance students residing in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, Indiana, or Minnesota at this time. Distance students in some states may face other restrictions regarding program admission and activity. Visit our State Authorization page to learn more.

Graduate Programs Application Requirements
WOU Graduate School Office – Applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed WOU Application for Graduate Admission form . Submit this form to the Graduate Office, Administration Building office 202. Students must be admitted to the WOU Graduate School before being considered for admission to the program. Submit all WOU Graduate School application materials to the Graduate Office at least one week prior to the program admission deadline.

  • Sealed official transcripts from the university that granted your bachelor's degree and from all other institutions of higher education where you completed coursework. A GPA of 3.0 in the last 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) of coursework is required. Those with less than a 3.0 GPA can be admitted with MAT or GRE scores (see below for requirement).

  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score. If the applicant's GPA is 3.0 or higher, the test requirement is waived. If the GPA is less than 3.0, minimum required score for the (a) MAT: 395 or higher; (b) GRE: minimum quantitative score: 147 and minimum verbal score: 148 and a 3.5 or higher on the Analytical Writing section.
    • Students who have already obtained their Master's degree from an accredited institution will have their gpa requirement waived.

  • $60 non refundable application fee

CJ Admission Requirements
Students applying to the online Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program must satisfy the following:

  • If the applicant's GPA for the last 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) is less than 3.0, passing test scores from the Miller Analogies test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) are required. Minimum required scores are: 395 for the MAT: average of 450 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections and 3.5 on the Analytical Writing section of the GRE.
  • Hold an undergraduate degree, preferably with a concentration of study in the social or behavioral sciences. If this requirement is not met, applicant must provide evidence that he/she:
    • Is currently a supervisor in a criminal justice agency, or has successfully completed two years of full-time employment in a criminal justice agency and submit a letter of recommendation from his/her unit supervisor indicating that the applicant has the potential for advancement to a supervisory or administrative position.
    • Applicants who do not hold an undergraduate degree in a related field may be expected to complete additional hours in addition to the 45 required hours.

To be considered for admission to the Criminal Justice Online Masters Program, please complete and submit the following to:

Graduate Programs
CJ Online Program
345 N Monmouth Avenue
Monmouth, OR 97361

  • Criminal Justice Graduate Program Application
  • A biographical letter explaining why you are seeking a graduate degree and how it meets your professional or academic goals
  • A current resume
  • Transcripts from all college/universities attended (unofficial are okay)

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