Criminal Justice


Degrees and Certificates Offered

Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy


Program Coordinator Contact Information

Dr. James Golden

Phone: 501.569.8590

Email: jwgolden@ualr.edu


Deadlines

Ph.D. students must begin in the fall semester.


Admission Requirements


M.A.

Admissions decisions are made based on a total file review. Expectations of those applying include the following:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale)
  • Score of at least 400 on the Miller Analogies Test or 300 on the combine verbal and analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examination
  • An undergraduate statistics and undergraduate research methods course
  • An oral interview with the program coordinator may be required.
  • Students should submit all undergraduate transcripts and other materials to the UALR Graduate School. Do not send materials to the Department of Criminal Justice.

Conditional Admission

Students not meeting the standardized test score requirements may be admitted conditionally at the discretion of the program coordinator. Students admitted conditionally must earn grades of at least B in the first 12 hours and may not receive a grade of incomplete (I) within the first 12 hours of the program.


M.S.

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Cumulative grade point average must be at least 2.75 (4.0 scale).
  • Applicants are required to score at least 145 on the verbal and 140 on the quantitative portions of the GRE, and 3.0 on the writing; or score at least 400 on the Miller Analogies Test.
  • Students should submit all undergraduate transcripts and other materials to the UALR Graduate School. Do not send materials to the Department of Criminal Justice.

Conditional Admission

Conditional admission is possible for low test scores but not low GPAs. Conditional admission will be determined by the MSCJ graduate coordinator in consultation with the Graduate School. Students admitted conditionally must earn grades of at least B in the first 12 hours and may not receive a grade of (I) incomplete within the first 12 hours of the program.


Ph.D.

  • Students will only be admitted in the fall semester each year.
  • Scores of at least 300 on the combined verbal and quantitative portions of the new Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or 1000 on the old test, and at least a 4 on the written portion of the GRE
  • A cumulative master’s GPA of at least 3.5
  • International students must take the TOEFL exam and score 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based version or a 79 on the Internet-based version.
  • A statement of purpose consisting of two parts: a statement of what the applicant sees as the role of Ph.D. in criminal justice, and a statement of the applicant’s understanding of the role of research in criminal justice.
  • A career development plan that describes in detail what the applicant plans to do following completion of the Ph.D. This statement must be more than “I want to work as a teacher at a university,” and should include a potential research and publication agenda.
  • A writing sample
  • Two professional letters of recommendation (one of which must come from a graduate-level teacher)
  • Either a master’s degree in criminology/criminal justice, or closely related field, or substantial progress (defined specifically below) toward completing a master’s degree.
  • Students who are admitted from relevant master’s programs at universities other that UALR, but who have not completed their master’s thesis may be admitted as regular admits, but will be required to complete their thesis within one year of joining the Ph.D. program. If a student fails to complete the thesis in that period of time, the student will be suspended from enrolling in Ph.D. courses until the thesis is completed. These students must have completed all required course work and have only the thesis to complete.
  • Students who want to enter the Ph.D. program directly from an undergraduate program must first apply to the M.A. in Criminal Justice. After a student has completed a minimum of 21 hours in the M.A. program, that student may transfer to the Ph.D. program with approval of the doctoral coordinator. In such cases, students who fail to complete the Ph.D. program will be awarded an M.A. degree after successful completion of 36 credit hours and a written project with oral defense. Students who successfully complete all requirements for the Ph.D. will be awarded both an M.A. and a Ph.D. The first three chapters of their dissertation will be considered completion of their thesis.
  • Applicants with only a Juris Doctorate (no master’s degree) will not be directly admitted to the program but will be required to take the MACJ courses in research methods, statistics, and criminal justice (police, corrections, criminological theory).

Admission decisions will be made by a committee of doctoral faculty. The doctoral admissions committee will also take the “fit” between the applicant and the doctoral program into account when making admission decisions, and may decline to admit an otherwise qualified applicant based on lack of fit with the program.

Conditional Admission

The doctoral admissions committee may conditionally admit a student for one semester who does not meet all of the requirements for admission. Such students will be evaluated by the doctoral admissions committee after one semester and a decision made to:

  • continue conditional status,
  • grant full admission to the doctoral program, or
  • dismiss the student from the doctoral program.

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