Criminal Justice - Graduate Program - Admissions & Program Requirements

The deadline to apply for Spring 2015 admission is November 17, 2014.

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:

  • 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
    • 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.

Logan Fletcher

"My experiences as both a student and graduate assistant have allowed me to work side by side with my professors which has allowed me to learn from their real-world experiences in the field. The entire Criminal Justice Department here at Fairmont State has helped educate me and prepare me for whatever my future holds. Having a master's degree from Fairmont State will increase my career opportunities and give me a competitive edge in today's job market."

Logan Fletcher
Lost Creek, W.Va.
Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice