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Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

To be considered for regular status as a graduate student in the Department of Criminal Justice, students must meet general Graduate College requirements and the following department requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or related social or behavioral science with at least a 3.0 average is required for admission to graduate study.
  2. Successful completion of an undergraduate statistics course.
  3. Successful completion of an undergraduate criminal justice theories course.
  4. CJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice or its equivalent (required for all entering students)
  5. Applicants with less than a 3.0 cumulative GPA may still apply to the program with submission of Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores of 152 or higher on each of the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections and a score of 4 or higher on the Analytical Writing section.

Admission into our graduate program is a competitive process as openings are limited. Students not meeting the department requirements may be considered on a case-by-case basis as openings are available and may be required to take the GRE prior to admission.

Application Deadlines

Applicants who wish to enroll in Summer or Fall semester have the option to send application materials by January 15th.  For Spring enrollment the deadline is September 15th.


How to apply

To apply to the M. A. in Criminal Justice, please complete the following:

  1. Fill out the online application for admission to the Graduate College.
  2. Request official transcripts from all institutions previously attended to be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office, MS-1110, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho 83725-1110.
  3. Scores from the Graduate Review Examination (GRE), if applicable, should also be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office.
  4. To complete your application, you will upload the following:
    1. A Statement of Purpose. This statement should explain the student’s reasons for seeking admission and what they hope to achieve in the program.
    2. Three letters of recommendation from professors/instructors competent to judge the student’s likelihood of success in a graduate course of study.

It is recommended that the applicant schedule an interview with the Graduate Coordinator. The Criminal Justice Graduate Coordinator is Dr. Lisa Growette Bostaph. Dr. Bostaph’s e-mail is

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