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Admissions Requirements for Graduate Programs

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).
  • An original writing sample by the applicant consisting of 5 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.

The deadline for completed applications is March 1st.  The admissions process is competitive.  Applications submitted after the March 1st deadline will be considered on a space available basis.  Applications will not be reviewed until all materials (including references, writing sample, and transcripts) are complete.

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