Ph.D. Admission Requirements

What You Will Need for Your Application

  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Scores on Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from all previous institutions of higher education
  • Examples of written work (optional)

How to Apply

  • Click on this link to begin your application with the UA Little Rock Graduate School.
  • Enter your information into the application and, when complete, submit the application.
  • You should receive confirmation that your application was submitted from the Graduate School.

Applicants for the doctoral program are required to have:

  • Master’s degree in criminology/criminal justice or a closely related field
  • Applicants from other disciplines may be admitted after taking prerequisites courses in the MACJ program as determined by the admissions committee.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA in their master’s program of at least 3.5.
  • A personal statement should consist of two parts: a statement of what the applicant sees as the role of a Ph.D. in criminal justice, and the applicant’s understanding of the role of research in criminal justice.
  • Two professional letters of recommendation (one of which must come from a graduate-level teacher)
  • Scores of 300 on the combined verbal and quantitative portions of the new Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or 1000 on the old test, and at least 4 on the written portion of the GRE.
  • A writing sample to be considered by the admissions committee (optional)

Admission Deadlines

  • Doctoral admission deadline: April 15th.
  • Decisions on Graduate Assistants will begin on Feb. 15th.
  • If you want to be considered for funding,  it is best to have a complete application packet submitted to Graduate School by Feb. 15th.

Admission decisions will be made by a faculty committee. The 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. The doctoral admissions committee may conditionally admit a student for one semester who has less than the requirements for admission. Such students will be evaluated by the graduate admissions committee after one semester and a decision made to: 1) continue conditional status, 2) grant full admission to the doctoral program, or 3) dismiss the student from the doctoral program.

International Students

International students must take the TOEFL exam and score at least 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based version, or 79 on the Internet-based version. See link here for more information about InterAdmissionstudent admissions.

If you have any questions about the status of your application materials, please contact the Criminal Justice Department Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Tusty ten Bensel, at or 501-683-7665.