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
  • A minimum five-page sample of your writing on any topic that demonstrates your ability to apply research in the field.
  • A personal statement about why you would like to pursue graduate study.
  • 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.

~Undergoing curriculum changes in 2023-2024; Check back in Spring 2024 for new requirements. 

Applications for fall admission must be submitted by March 1, 2025 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.