College of Arts and Sciences
Graduate Programs in Criminal Justice

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  • Information sessions for the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program are held monthly on the 1st Thursday of every month (Oct-March) 6:00-7:30 PM.

    Application deadline for Fall Admission is March 15.

    Late applications are being accepted on a rolling case-by-case basis. Applications for non-matriculated students are accepted quarterly.

    Note: Students interested in a joint MACJ/JD degree are required to be admitted separately to both the School of Law and the Criminal Justice Department in the College of Arts and Sciences. Consult the Graduate Bulletin for the specific admissions requirements for each school. Current students interested in the joint degree option must apply for the other program during the fall term of their first year of study.

    Applications for the College of Arts and Sciences' graduate programs are available online.

    Additional application information required for the Masters in Criminal Justice Program.

    • Bachelor's degree in criminal justice or related social, behavioral, or physical science. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in a field outside of the stated disciplines may be considered with 45 quarter/30 semester credits of related coursework or significant supervised work/volunteer experience as outlined on the MACJ Supplemental form.
    • If GPA below 3.00 in last 90 quarter/60 semester credits or if graduated from non-grading institution, submit official scores from a Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
    • Undergraduate introductory statistics course with 'C' grade or better. Exceptions considered on individual basis.
    • Three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references who are able to assess potential to do graduate study
    • Statement of purpose (3 pages maximum) discussing background, interests, and reasons for wanting to pursue MACJ
    • Writing sample (for example, an undergraduate paper)
    • Professional résumé or curriculum vita
    • Selected candidates contacted for interview with MACJ faculty

    TO APPLY contact Seattle University Graduate Admissions.

    *Please note: There has been some confusion regarding the general graduate program application pertaining to the recommendations requirement.  Please ignore the "Recommendation Forms."  The MACJ program application requires three standard letters of recommendation that should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admission.  If you have additional questions on this matter, please contact Seattle University Graduate Admissions.*