UMKC Catalog


Master of Science: Criminal Justice and Criminology - Admission Requirements

The minimum admission requirements for entrance into the M.S.-CJC program include the following:


  1. Completed an undergraduate degree, from an accredited university or college, with coursework in the socio-behavioral sciences sufficient to prepare for graduate-level study in the criminal justice and criminology field.
  2. Achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all undergraduate work.
  3. Completed undergraduate courses in statistics, research methods, and theories of crime.
  4. Students must take the Graduate Record Exam and have the scores sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies.

The application process is competitive. Satisfaction of the minimum criteria stated above does not guarantee admission to the graduate program of study. Students are admitted according to their rank in the applicant pool and consideration of the adequacy of departmental resources.

Students who do not meet admission requirements, but who otherwise may show promise for graduate work, may be admitted provisionally to the program. Provisional admission means deficiencies must be corrected before a student is fully admitted as a degree-seeking student in the M.S.-CJC program. Typical deficiencies include a need to take undergraduate coursework to prepare for graduate study in this program, or to demonstrate scholastic ability in graduate-level courses.