The University of Texas at Arlington UT Arlington Fort Worth Center
Master of arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Admission Requirements

The M.A. degree in criminology and criminal justice requires 36 semester hours, which includes 15 semesters hours of required core coursework and 21 hours of electives chosen by the program advisor.

The criminology and criminal justice graduate program adheres to the following admission criteria:

Unconditional Admission
In addition to having satisfied the requirements set forth by the UT Arlington Graduate School, as outlined in the Graduate Catalog, applicants seeking unconditional admission to the CRCJ program are required to meet the following four criteria:

    1. A baccalaureate degree in criminology/criminal justice or related discipline. Applicants with baccalaureate degrees in other disciplines may be considered for probationary admission.

    2. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work as calculated by the Graduate School.

    3. A minimum of 440 on the verbal and quantitative subtests of the GRE OR the applicant meets the requirements necessary to substitute the GRE:

    a. Three or more years of professional experience with increasing responsibility in managerial or administrative positions in a criminal justice (or closely related) occupation. Applicant must provide a detailed work history documenting this experience.

    b. An acceptable sample of professional writing authored solely by the applicant. This will be evaluated to assess writing and analytic skills.

    c. Successful completion of a personal interview with the program advisor, where credentials, goals and objectives of graduate studies, and the applicant’s views related to the study and profession of Criminology/Criminal Justice will be discussed.

    4. Three letters of recommendation, submitted to the program advisor, addressing the applicant's potential for success in the graduate program from persons knowledgeable of the applicant's abilities.

    Applicants meeting criteria 1-4 will be considered for unconditional admission into the CRCJ Graduate Program.

    Applicants who have an appropriate baccalaureate degree but do not meet one of the other three criteria may be considered for probationary admission.

Probationary Admission
Applicants who fail to meet the four criteria for unconditional admission may be considered for probationary admission.  Applicants who fail to meet the GPA or GRE requirements for unconditional admission may be granted probationary admission of the GPA falls between 2.5 and 3.0 and the remainder of the application package is satisfactory.  Applicants admitted on probation will remain in that status until completing 12 hours of graduate coursework with no grade lower than a B.

Deferred Admission
In the event an applicant does not meet the minimum criteria established for unconditional or probationary admission, yet nonetheless is judged by the graduate advisor, in consultation with the CRCJ Graduate Studies Committee, to show promise, the admission decision may be deferred, with instructions provided to the student indicating the course of action to be taken prior to subsequent review.  Admission decisions may also be deferred if the application package is incomplete.

Provisional Admission
An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline, but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Applicants who do not satisfy all of the criteria for any of the above categories will be denied admission.

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