How to Apply to the Criminal Justice Graduate Program

Application To Do List:

Admissions are a competitive process. You are encouraged to contact the Graduate Director as early as possible so that you can assess your readiness for graduate school. Some students might increase their chances of being accepted by taking extra classes (e.g., taking an additional statistics class if the student performed poorly in statistics in the past) or by retaking the GRE if scores are too low. The Director can help you identify ways to prepare yourself for graduate studies and increase your chances of acceptance.

1.) Complete Required Admissions Questionnaire

As part of the Admissions Questionnaire, you will also need to submit a writing sample (see instructions in the questionnaire).


2.) Complete GRE Examination


3.) Request 3 letters of recommendation, preferably from professors who can talk about your ability to do MA level work. Letter writers should complete this letter of recommendation form.

Letter writers should send letters and the recommendation form to the address below. Alternately, they can scan the recommendation form and letter and email them to

Graduate Director

Department of Criminal Justice

Ansari Business Building, 6th Floor

1664 N. Virginia St, MS/214

Reno, NV 89557-214


4.) Complete graduate school application, which includes graduate assistantship application


The graduate school requires that applicants have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. There is no minimum required GRE, however applicants will be evaluated as to their entire application. Successful applicants will have quality GRE scores and GPA; evidence of excellence in statistics, research, methods, writing, and theory; three strong letters of recommendation from professors who can speak to the applicant's academic abilities at the Masters level; quality responses to the Admissions Questionnaire; a quality writing sample; and a faculty member who is willing to advise the applicant.