Admissions for Criminal Justice, M.S.

A complete application for Criminal Justice, M.S. necessitates the following university and program requirements be met.

University Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  2. Submission of all required admission materials, including:
    1. Completed graduate application for admission
    2. $30 nonrefundable application fee (unless you have previously applied to Grand Valley)
    3. Official copies of transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended. Transcripts must be sent from those institutions directly to the GVSU Admissions Office. NOTE:  We do not require official transcripts from Grand Valley
    4. Test scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) for applicants whose native language is not English. Only original score reports will be accepted.  The following minimum scores are expected:  TOEFL is 80, IELTS is 6.5, and MELAB is 77.

Program Requirements

In addition to the University requirements of admission, all students seeking a degree for the MS in Criminal Justice must also meet the following requirements: 

  1. Grade point average of 3.0 (B) from all undergraduate coursework or a 3.0 or higher calculated on the last 60 hours of course work
  2. Personal statement detailing academic preparation, background experiences, and professional, educational and career goals
  3. Recommendations: Three recommendations received. You can provide the emails of three references in your account at, and they will be sent a link to fill out for their online recommendation


  • The Graduate Committee reserves the right to require additional information it deems appropriate, including GRE test scores
  • The committee may also require applicants to appear for an oral interview
  • The decision of the Graduate Committee is final
  • Applications for FALL admission should be received by May 1 
  • Applications for WINTER admission should be received by November 1

Transfer Credit: Up to 6 hours of transfer credit may be applied to the degree program. Such credit must meet the requirements specified in the "Transfer of Credit" section of this catalog, be recommended as applicable to the degree program by a graduate faculty advisor, and be approved for transfer application by the MCJ Graduate Program Coordinator.

Dual Credit: In accordance with GVSU policy, undergraduates may enroll in some graduate courses (see prerequisites) but must have: at least a 3.0 GPA; completed 85 semester hours; a permit from the instructor; and must fill out the GVSU "Dual Credit Request Form." Credit earned can be used as part of an undergraduate program or as part of a future graduate program but cannot be used for both purposes.

Strongly Recommended: Students who do not have undergraduate degrees in criminal justice or criminology may be required to take undergraduate courses at the discretion of the MCJ Graduate Program Coordinator. Approved courses, such as, introduction to criminal justice, criminology, research methods and statistics are highly recommended prior to acceptance into the program. These are preparatory courses and cannot be used to satisfy graduate degree requirements; only graduate credits can be applied to degree requirements.

Page last modified August 16, 2017