Criminal Justice - Graduate Program - Admissions & Program Requirements

The deadline to apply for Summer admission is April 15th.

The deadline to apply for Fall admission is July 15th.

The deadline to apply for Spring admission is November 15th.

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements to a master's program at Fairmont State University students applying to the master’s program in criminal justice must meet the following requirements (all application material should be submitted to Student Services):

  • Unconditional admission:
    • Possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
    • GPA of 3.00 or higher – includes all transcripts from all previous degrees and matriculation
    • Complete a writing sample
    • A 5-10 page description of:
      • Why the applicant is interested in earning a Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree,
      • What the applicant’s career and field experiences have been thus far, and
      • What the applicant believes to be the most important issue in criminal justice today.
      • This paper needs to be submitted in APA format and the last section should include peer reviewed resources from empirical/scholarly literature. The writing sample has replaced the use of the GRE for the criminal justice program; GRE scores are not required for admission to the MS in CJ program.
    • It is strongly recommended that students applying to the MS in CJ program take undergraduate research methods and statistics courses.
    • Submit three letters of recommendation – at least one of which must be from someone unaffiliated with Fairmont State University. (e.g, current or former work supervisors, those who can speak to your character and ability to manage graduate level study).
    • Provisional Admission may be granted for students who do not meet a portion of the admission requirements. For example, if a student graduated with a 3.0 GPA but had not taken statistics, this could be taken concurrently with graduate enrollment within the first 9 hours of graduate study.

Continuation in a program of study for provisionally admitted students will be determined based on performance in the first 9 credit hours.  Provisionally admitted students must hold a minimum grade point average of 3.0 with no grade lower than “B” in any graduate course.  Provisionally admitted students may not have a grade of “I” or “W” in the first 9 credit hours.