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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 in the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Admission two step process and submit to:

Graduate Programs
MA Criminal Justice Program
345 N Monmouth Avenue
Monmouth, OR 97361

  • 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.

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Admission 2 Step Process:

1. Application for Graduate University Admission:

  • 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

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.

2. Application for Master of Arts in Criminal Justice:

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Application requires:

  • Admission to the university
  • 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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