College of Professional & International Education

Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice

The Fall 2019 application deadline for the program is May 31, 2019. Students seeking admission to the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Emergency Management Graduate Program should have an undergraduate degree and a desire for graduate study. Applicants must apply for admission to the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Emergency Management in addition to being admitted by Enrollment Services. Students must be accepted for admission by the School before their program for a master's degree can be formulated. Students are not allowed to take graduate course work in criminal justice before being accepted to the program. The following items must be submitted:

Two copies of the CSULB graduate application. The original must be sent to Enrollment Services and a copy must be sent to the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Emergency Management.

  1. Applicants must select ONE of the following three options to demonstrate their aptitude for graduate study:
    • Option A: The GRE -- Official test scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test. While no specific cut-off scores are required, a score of 4.0 or higher on the writing portion is strongly preferred.
    • Option B: The LSAT -- Official test scores on the Law School Admissions Test. No specific cut-off scores are required.
    • Option C: Evidence of Research Potential -- Applicants who prefer not to take any standardized tests may submit one or two writing samples that evidence their research, writing, and critical thinking abilities
  1. Official transcripts from all previously attended academic institutions after high-school must be sent directly to CSULB Enrollment Services. Do not send transcripts to faculty, staff, or the Department because they will be returned unopened. Some academic institutions will send your transcripts electronically to CSULB. Other institutions will send your transcripts by U.S. Mail, which must be send to the following address:

    Office of Admissions and Records
    California State University, Long Beach
    1250 Bellflower Blvd.
    Long Beach, CA 90840-0106

  2. Two letters of recommendation from persons able to testify to the student's academic ability, preferably from former professors. These letters must be sent to the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Emergency Management Graduate Advisor.
  3. A résumé sent directly to the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Emergency Management Graduate Advisor that describes the applicant's academic achievements (including honors and awards), extracurricular activities, as well as relevant work, internship, and volunteer experiences.
  4. A typewritten letter of intent (between 750 and 1,250 words) sent directly to the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Emergency Management Graduate Advisor. This essay should address: (a) what motivates the applicant to apply for a graduate degree; (b) what relevant research and practical experiences qualify the applicant for admission; (c) what the applicant's specific areas of interests in criminal justice practice, policy, and/or research are; (d) with whom on the faculty the applicant would like to work and why; and (e) what the applicant's personal goals and objectives are for earning a master's degree in criminology and criminal justice at CSULB.
    
Prerequisites
  1. A bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited university. Although a major or minor in criminology, criminal justice, or a related social-scientific discipline is preferred, the School's Graduate Committee may admit students with undergraduate preparation in other fields.
  2. A student must have an overall undergraduate average (GPA) and average in their major of 3.00 or better. A student whose overall grade point average is between 2.750 and 2.999, but who presents acceptable evidence of professional potential either through recent academic performance and/or experiential background, may be conditionally admitted by special action of the School's Graduate Committee.

Competencies
Students entering the M.S. program in criminology and criminal justice are expected to have completed the following six undergraduate courses or their equivalents:
  • CRJU 101: The Criminal Justice System in Society
  • CRJU 304: Criminological Theory
  • CRJU 320: Research Methods (or a similar social-scientific research methods course in psychology, sociology, political science, or related field)
  • CRJU 325: Statistics (or a similar applied statistics course)
  • CRJU 340: Substantive Criminal Law
  • CRJU 350: Constitutional Criminal Procedure

Students who have not taken courses in criminological theory, research methods, and statistics during their undergraduate studies still qualify for conditional admission to the M.S. program in criminology and criminal justice, but will be required to take deficiency courses in these areas before being permitted to enroll in the graduate-level courses for which undergraduate competency in one or more of these areas is required. Because deficiency courses do not count for graduate credit, the necessity of acquiring undergraduate competency in one or more of these areas may extend the time to degree completion by a semester. Students who have not taken courses in criminal law or criminal procedure will be required to use one or two of their elective courses to gain competency in the areas. Taking such courses will not delay graduation.

For more information please contact Dr. Aili Malm (aili.malm@csulb.edu)
    • Option A: The GRE -- Official test scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test. While no specific cut-off scores are required, a score of 4.0 or higher on the writing portion is strongly preferred.
    • Option B: The LSAT -- Official test scores on the Law School Admissions Test. No specific cut-off scores are required.
    • Option C: Evidence of Research Potential -- Applicants who prefer not to take any standardized tests may submit one or two writing samples that evidence their research, writing, and critical thinking abilities.