Master of Arts in Criminal Justice: Admissions

The Michigan State University (MSU) Master of Arts in Criminal Justice online degree program is designed to deliver the interdisciplinary skills you need to excel in the justice professions, including corrections, law enforcement, the courts, security and beyond.

Please call 1-833-725-1354 (toll-free) to speak with a program manager if you have additional questions after reviewing the admissions requirements below.


Major Code 7803

No GRE Required.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters required.

Letters from previous academic faculty are preferred, but we accept letters from supervisors, directors and/or colleagues if you’ve been out of school four or more years.

Non-faculty recommenders should be able to attest to/comment on your ability to perform graduate-level academic work.

Application Essay

A personal statement

Transcript or Other Grade Record

Official transcript from each regionally accredited institution attended is required.

Minimum GPA 3.0

TOEFL or IELTS (International Students Only)

TOEFL: Overall score no less than 80; subscores no lower than 19 for Reading, Listening, and Speaking sections, and no less than 22 for Writing section.


IELTS: Average score of 6.5


When to Apply

We accept applications throughout the year. The deadline for application and all supporting materials is:
March 30 – Summer (application review begins: Feb 1st)
June 15 – Fall (application review begins April 15th)
October 30 – Spring (application review begins Sept 1st)

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