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Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
Preparing future professionals in the field of criminal justice
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Your best preparation for the MA in Criminal Justice program:

To be admitted, you should already have:
  •  Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice or social science
  •  Experience in criminal justice
  •  Desire to further your career

Steps in applying to MA in Criminal Justice program:

  1. Apply to be a WOU graduate student ($60 fee)
  2. Apply to Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program
  3. We let you know via email about university acceptance within 15 days of the application deadline upon receiving complete application.

Ready to get started? Request more information or start the application process.

Deadlines and key dates:

Graduate students may apply to the program any term.
  • Recommended that you apply directly to Graduate Programs within 30 days of the beginning of the term you plan to start.
  • Apply to the program as soon as possible for priority review and registration.

Detailed application requirements:

  1. Apply for WOU Graduate admission:

If you don’t live in Oregon and are applying for an online program:

We welcome applications from residents of most states. However, Western Oregon University is unable to accept new distance students residing in Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, Indiana, or Minnesota at this time. Distance students in some other states may face additional restrictions regarding program admission and activity. Visit our State Authorization page to learn more.

  • Complete WOU Application for Graduate Admission form: Submit this form to the Graduate Office, Administration Building Office 202. You must be admitted to the WOU Graduate School before being considered for admission to the MA in Criminal Justice program. Submit all WOU Graduate School application materials to the Graduate Office at least one week prior to the program admission deadline.
  • $60 application fee
  • Sealed official transcripts: From the college or university that granted your bachelor's degree and from all other institutions of higher education where you completed coursework. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in the last 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) of coursework is required. If you have less than a 3.0 GPA, you can be admitted with sufficient MAT or GRE scores (see next point). Students who have already obtained a master's degree from an accredited institution will have their GPA requirement waived.
  • MAT or GRE score: If your GPA is 3.0 or higher, you do not have to submit test scores. If your GPA is less than 3.0, your 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.

After being admitted to WOU, admission to the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program is based on a qualitative evaluation of the applicant's:

  • Ability to write at the graduate level: submit a "sample of your writing" with your application explaining why you are seeking a graduate degree and how it meets your professional or academic goals.
  • Relevant work/internship/volunteer experience in the public or private sector
  • Relevant undergraduate coursework preferably in the social or behavioral sciences (students lacking this education may be admitted on a conditional basis while they complete prerequisite courses)
    • If you are currently a supervisor in a criminal justice agency, or have successfully completed two years of full-time employment in a criminal justice agency and submit a letter of recommendation from your unit supervisor indicating that the applicant has the potential for advancement to a supervisory or administrative position these requirement could be waived.
  1.  Apply for MA in Criminal Justice admission:

Process: You will be notified via email regarding acceptance status within 15 days of receiving a complete application. A complete program application includes the application form, biographical letter of desire, current resume, and all transcripts. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. You will be notified via email if you are missing any application components.


Admission to the graduate program adheres to the guidelines laid down for general admission to the Graduate Programs at WOU, along with the following steps of application (all forms require Adobe Reader™ to save and create your digital signature):

    • Program application form: Complete the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program application form.
    • A biographical letter explaining why you are seeking a graduate degree and how it meets your professional and academic goals:
    • A current resume
    • Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (unofficial are okay)
  1. Hear back from us.
  2. Enroll in classes! (You will have to pay a one-time $300 matriculation fee at this point.)

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