Admissions Requirements

To be admitted to the Criminal Justice graduate program, students must complete a Radford University Application for Graduate Admission. In addition, students must meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum overall grade point average of 2.9.
  • Two letters of reference are required, from persons able to evaluate the student's academic ability/potential (at least one letter must come from a person outside the Radford University Criminal Justice faculty).
  • Resume
  • An original writing sample by the applicant consisting of five typed pages with peer-reviewed references on “the most important current problem in criminal justice.”
  • No more than six graduate credit hours (approved by the Criminal Justice Department and College of Graduate and Professional Studies) may be transferred into the program.

Applications for fall admission must be submitted by March 1 in order to be considered for funding. Applications will not be reviewed until all materials (including references, writing sample, personal statement and transcripts) are complete.

Applicants are strong encouraged to carefully review the admission policies stated in the Graduate Catalog.