Admissions – Master of Science in Criminal Justice

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice is a professionally oriented terminal master’s degree offered completely online.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • There are a series of questions in the Graduate School Application required for this program (see below)
  • One letter of recommendation
    • Send all letters to your graduate application processor. If your last name in the application starts with A-K, send to If your last name in the application starts with L-Z, send to
  • We are waiving the GRE/MAT testing requirements at this time.

Questions to Be Answered on the Graduate School Application

Please be prepared to answer these questions on the Graduate School Application. If you do not see these questions on the application, please contact the Graduate Coordinator at for these questions.

  1. Why are you pursuing this degree in the field of criminal justice? Please describe the reason(s) you are pursuing this degree and/or any experiences that influenced this decision.
  2. What is your specific area of interest within the field of criminal justice? What topic(s) are you most excited to learn more about, teach, and/or research?
  3. What skills and opportunities do you hope to gain from earning this degree?
  4. How has your prior experience (e.g., personal, professional, volunteer, research, teaching) and education prepared you for this degree program?
  5. What are your career goals? How do you plan to use this degree after you graduate?
  6. Why do you want to pursue a graduate degree in criminal justice at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock? What about the program, faculty, department, and/or university make this program a good fit for you?

Admission Deadlines

Fall Application Deadline for MA is May 1st
Spring Application Deadline for MA is October 15th

General Requirements

The master’s program is a 36 hour degree, including 18 hours of required courses and 18 hours of electives. The required courses include Policy Prep and Capstone in which the final project is completed. An oral defense of the final project is required.

Graduation Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on an approved program of study as outlined above
  • Successfully complete a written capstone with oral defense
  • Students who do not attain a 3.0 GPA within the required hours may complete no more than six additional hours to achieve the GPA