Master of Science in Criminal Justice
We are happy to guide you through the admission and application process for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree online. To help you organize the necessary documentation for admission, we have included an Application Checklist [PDF] for your quick reference.
Anyone seeking admission to the Graduate School, University of Louisville, for purposes of pursuing the Master of Science in Criminal Justice must provide the following:
- Complete application for admission
- Payment of non-refundable $60 application fee -- check or money order made payable to the University of Louisville
- Baccalaureate degree or its equivalent earned from a regionally-accredited institution
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed
- Minimum 3.0 (GPA) on a 4-point scale
- Minimum 292 combined quantitative and verbal scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- Two recommendation forms from individuals who can speak to the applicant’s academic or professional capabilities
- An original essay identifying the applicant's background, professional interest and goals and the applicant's motivation and potential for successful completion of graduate work
Individuals who do not meet the conditions listed above may request provisional admission. Provisional admission allows students to take graduate classes and be admitted to the program IF they agree to attain a 3.0 or higher grade point average in the first semester of their graduate course work. All courses taken by students while they are in provisional status “count” toward completion of the Master of Science degree.
Provisional status is determined on a case-by-case basis. Generally, the following factors are taken into consideration:
- Grade point average in the applicant’s major and/or final 60 hours of undergraduate work
- Grade point average in graduate work at other accredited academic institutions
- Amount of time that has elapsed between the applicant’s undergraduate degree completion and application to the graduate program in Criminal Justice
- Applicant’s work experience, knowledge and accomplishments in their profession
- A less than 3.0 grade point average that is “offset” by a combined GRE score greater than 282 OR a combined GRE score less than 282 that is “offset” by a greater than 3.0 grade point average
Individuals who meet minimum admission requirements, but have not yet taken the GRE, may also apply for provisional admission. If granted, the student would be admitted to the program if they agree to complete the GRE by the department’s deadline.
Applicants who earned their bachelor’s degree outside the US must fulfill additional admission requirements.
Non-degree status is also an option for individuals who are interested in “testing the waters” or simply taking a graduate course. Contact our academic counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on provisional or non-degree admission.
With terms of only 6 weeks per class, we are able to offer multiple starts per year, therefore admission in our program is granted on a rolling basis. We do, however, encourage applicants to submit all required credentials six weeks prior to the beginning of a term.
You may transfer up to six credit hours of graduate coursework from any regionally accredited university, pending department approval.
If you have questions about transferring credit, contact our Online Learning Enrollment Counselor at 800.871.8635 or by email, email@example.com.
If you live outside of the United States and intend to complete an online academic program from your home country, be sure to view special requirements for international students.
For more information on the admission and application process, please contact our Online Learning Enrollment Counselor at 800.871.8635 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.