Applicants must submit an application for admission to UMKC and transcripts of their undergraduate work to the university Office of Admissions. Additionally, applicants must submit a writing sample to the department's Admissions Committee (i.e., the Principal Graduate Advisor). This writing sample should be two to three pages in length (double-spaced) and should identify how the applicant's undergraduate education and their work or personal experience has prepared them for graduate study in the area of criminal justice and criminology. Applicants are also encouraged to express how they view study in our graduate program as fitting with their future career or educational goals. It is recommended students review the MS in CJC program's course offerings (available via the department's web site) as well as the concentration areas of the faculty (also available on-line) in order to glean additional information about what the academic programming has to offer. The writing sample is to be sent directly to the principal graduate adviser for the M.S.-CJC program at the department address. Applicants for the spring term must have all materials to the admissions committee by November 1, and those applying for fall semester or summer term admission must have materials in by April 1.
The department strongly recommends that application materials be submitted well in advance of the posted due date to ensure all materials will be on hand in time for review.
Decisions regarding admission to the graduate program are made by the graduate faculty of the program. Materials are reviewed with attention to past academic performance and substantive areas of study that would prepare students for CJC graduate study.