Admission to Online Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice

Program Admission

Applications to the program are due by July 1 for the fall semester and by November 1 for the spring semester. Students are strongly encouraged to apply early. Application for admission does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

To apply, all students must first complete and return the Graduate Application for Admission to the Graduate Admissions Office (available at

To be considered for admission to the M.S. program, all applicants must provide a complete application file that contains the following items (all materials submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office):

  • a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university (preference will be given to applicants with undergraduate majors in criminal justice or closely related social science discipline);
  • an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all previously completed undergraduate university work;
  • GRE scores (will be evaluated in combination with the undergraduate GPA);
  • a score of 550 or higher on the TOEFL (for international students only);
  • a C or better in an undergraduate research methods course or equivalent (documentation of course content may be required);
  • two letters of recommendation (college instructors strongly preferred); and
  • a personal statement (1-2 page essay regarding the student’s interest in criminal justice and how the MS in Criminal Justice degree will benefit him or her).

Students may be considered for provisional admission or conditional enrollment. All prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact the Criminal Justice Graduate Director before applying to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program to discuss the application process and requirements.

The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology is housed on the Huntington campus. However, all application material (including letters of reference) must be sent directly to the graduate admission’s office in South Charleston at the following address:

Marshall University
Graduate Records and Admissions
100 Angus E. Peyton Drive
South Charleston, WV 25303-1600

For questions regarding application status, please contact an admissions counselor at 304-696-5034 (toll free 800-642-3463) 

International Students: Please contact the Center for International Programs, Marshall University, One John Marshall Drive, Huntington, West Virginia 25755-1054 U.S.A. Send email to or visit the CIP web site at Marshall University is approved for attendance of non-immigrant students under the Federal Immigration and Naturalization Act.