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 justicemust meet the following requirements:
- Possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
- GPA of 3.00 or higher – includes all transcripts from all previous degrees and matriculation
- Must have completed an undergraduate research methods and statistics with a grade no lower than C.
- 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.
- Submit three letters of recommendation – at least one of which must be from someone unaffiliated with Fairmont State University
- 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.