MA in Criminal Justice Admission & Application Requirements


  • Fall: August 1 (flexible)
  • Spring: December 1 (flexible)
  • Summer: April 15 (flexible)
Admission Requirement
  1. Online graduate application
  1. $35 Non-Refundable application fee for all graduate applications

After you complete the Graduate Online Application:

  • Log in to eServices with your StarID.
  • Click on Bills and Payment, and you will be able to pay the application fee using a credit or debit card.
  1. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

Contact ALL the colleges and universities you have attended and have your transcripts sent to:

Graduate Studies Office, MSU Moorhead
1104 7th Avenue South
Moorhead, MN 56563

You do not need to order transcripts from MSUM or other Minnesota State system institutions. See Transcript Policy for more details.

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution; no specific major is required

This requirement will be verified by the Graduate Studies Office and the Criminal Justice program.

  1. Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or at least 3.25 for the last 30 semester credits*

This requirement will be verified by the Graduate Studies Office and the department.
*If you think your undergraduate GPA does not represent your potential for success in graduate school, you can appeal this requirement. If you have questions about this, be sure to contact the MA in Criminal Justice Program Coordinator.

  • Log in to the Self Service Center site (allow 24 hours after application submission before logging in).
  • Select the “Applications” tab, where you will see your graduate application listed.
  • Select “Summary” to see a list of all program requirements and corresponding statuses.
  • Upload document by selecting the “Upload” link under the respective “Action” column.
  1. Proof of English proficiency for foreign educated students

Please refer to the additional international student admission requirements.

*International students please see additional admission requirements.