Master of Science-Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Completed application (UTEP Graduate School http://graduate.utep.edu)
- Proof of B.A. or B.S. degree in criminal justice, criminology or related field.
- Minimum of 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of classes.
- Professional resume
- This document will provide information on your education and work experiences. For your education, include your major, minor, and GPA for each institution attended, as well as any honors, awards, or extracurricular activities. For your work experiences, list the various jobs you have held, their duties and your supervisor(s). You should also include volunteer work you have done. Be sure to include the various skills and accomplishments, and any other information you think is relevant, as you describe your experiences.
- Statement of purpose
- This is a 3-4 page, well-written essay that explains who you are and how you would benefit from, and contribute to, the MS-CCJ. Describe yourself, your motivations for pursuing the MS-CCJ, and your expectations of the program. Discuss relevant past experiences, such as your education, jobs, community activities, leadership roles, awards and honors. Write about how these experiences have shaped you and prepared you for the MS-CJJ. Describe why you want to study criminology and criminal justice at UTEP.
- Two letters of recommendation
- The letters must be from individuals who are qualified to assess your potential for academic success and are not related to you. Ask individuals who know you well and can enthusiastically describe your talents, accomplishments and potential. Typically, these letters are from a current or former work supervisor, a professor, or a mentor from an internship, community organization, or similar activity.
- For applicants who have completed their bachelor’s degree in the last two years, at least one of the letters must come from the applicant’s former academic institution.
- International students must pass the TOEFL Exam (or equivalent) with a minimum score of 250 (or 600 on the paper-based exam).
The GRE (Graduate Record Exam) is not required
Applicants who lack the required GPA or who lack undergraduate course preparation may be considered for Conditional Admission. Conditional admission means that in order to be fully admitted, a student may be required to earn a 3.0 or above in the first 9 hours and/or may be required to complete undergraduate preparation courses (CRIJ 3300, CRIJ 3313, or PSYC 4317) that will not count for graduate credit. Once the conditions are fulfilled, the student is fully admitted into the MS-CCJ program.