College of Arts and Sciences

Dept. of Criminal Justice and Criminology

Admissions & Application Information

Admission Requirements for Advanced Degrees

  • A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent;
  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 from the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) or a graduate GPA of at least 3.30 for 12 semester credit hours at a recognized graduate school;
  • Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  • For students entering from a foreign university, evidence of English proficiency (i.e., Test of English as a Foreign Language) and financial resources.

Application Procedures

In order for your application to be considered for admission, all application materials, including recommendation forms and official GRE scores, must be sent to the WSU Graduate School. Application deadlines are January 10 for fall admission and July 1 for spring admission. (Please note: the Ph.D. program does not allow spring admission, so applicants must submit their materials by February 1 to be considered for admission the following fall). Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions. We consider an application only after all of the relevant information is on hand.

A complete file contains

  • A complete application, including $75 application fee. Apply on-line

  • A letter of intent and introduction, outlining areas of interest in Criminal Justice, career objectives, and any academic or professional experiences that recommend you as an applicant.

  • Three original letters of recommendation from persons qualified to speak to your academic qualifications and potential. References will be contacted automatically through the online application system and asked to submit a recommendation form electronically. These letters are used to help assess the quality of your academic and work experiences.

  • Official copies of transcripts (including all colleges or universities from which you have earned or expect to earn a degree, and all colleges or universities at which you have taken graduate level course work; transcripts for coursework taken at Washington State University are not required). Official transcripts are those mailed directly from the registrar of the institution(s) you attended.

  • An official copy of your GRE scores sent to our department. Find test centers and dates. Scores must be less than five years old.

  • Official TOEFL score (for international applicants) -- -- or other approved test to assess English proficiency.

Contact Us

Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Washington State University
Johnson Tower 701
P.O. Box 644872
Pullman, WA 99164-4872
Ph: 509-335-8611
Fax: 509-335-4513

Dr. Craig Hemmens

Graduate Advisor:
Dr. Faith Lutze

Administrative Manager:
DeeDee Torgeson

Graduate Program Assistant:
Andrea Butcherite

Undergraduate Academic Advisors:
Kelli Laxson, Room 701b
(Students whose last name begins with letters: A — L; Criminal Justice is their 2nd major/2nd degree; Criminal Justice is their minor)
Sisouvanh (Sis) Keopanapay, room 726
(Students whose last name begins with letters: M — Z; Students who have questions about Internship Credits)

2014–2015 Handbook (pdf)





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