Ph.D. Admission Requirements

UA Little Rock’s Criminal Justice doctoral program is the only Ph.D. in Criminal Justice in Arkansas. We strive to develop scholars in the field of criminology and criminal justice. Graduates will be prepared to assume the role of professors at universities or as researchers in criminal justice agencies and other institutions.

Items Needed 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

Read the information about starting your application to the UA Little Rock Graduate School. Once your application has been successfully submitted, you will receive a confirmation email.

Admission Requirements

  • 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 3.0.
  • 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 15
  • Decisions on Graduate Assistants will begin on Feb. 15
  • If you wish to be considered for funding, it is best to have a complete application packet submitted to Graduate School by Feb. 15.

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. Read more information about admissions for international students.

If you have any questions about the status of your application materials, please contact the Criminal Justice Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Robert Lytle, at or 501-569-3195.