Graduate Admissions

To be admitted to a graduate program offered by the School of Criminal Justice, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a college or university of recognized standing. Students may apply directly to either the master's or doctoral program.

In other words, students committed to doctoral study need not be admitted to the MA program first. High-achieving students from all undergraduate majors are encouraged to apply. Admission to academic programs is based on an assessment, by a faculty committee, of the applicant's academic achievements and promise as indicated by submitted application materials (see below).

Application process
Applications to the School of Criminal Justice Master's program are due July 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. The doctoral program only accepts new students for the fall semester. The deadline to apply to the doctoral program is December 31. Students are encouraged to apply early.

Admission procedures are managed and directed by the Graduate Admissions Office. For additional information, visit the Graduate Admissions Office website at https://www.albany.edu/graduate/. Graduate program applications are available online at https://www.albany.edu/graduate/online_app.php.

M.A. applicants must provide the following application materials:
-- Transcripts from all college-level work
-- 3 Letters of recommendation
-- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or other standardized examination scores*
-- Statement of background and goals

* The Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or other standardized test, is required for all applicants to the M.A. program except:
  -- when the applicant is a graduate of the University at Albany Criminal Justice major OR
  -- when the Graduate Admissions Committee elects to waive the requirement based on special circumstances, e.g. hardship or demonstration of significant professional accomplishments.

Ph.D. applicants must provide the following application materials:
-- Transcripts from all college-level work
-- 3 Letters of recommendation
-- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores*
-- Statement of background and goals

* The GRE is required for all applicants to the Ph.D. program.    

The TOEFL is required for international applicants for whom English is not their primary language.   

Additional Information
Prospective students may also contact the School directly by telephone at (518) 442-5210 and by e-mail at scj@albany.edu. However, please view the information about the School of Criminal Justice and the University at Albany available on this Web Page first. Students wishing to visit the School during the application process may make arrangements through the Office of the Dean at the above number.

Please note: This program offers an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience in the course listing as an option to fulfill course requirements. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. If applicants have concerns about this matter, please contact the Dean’s Office at scj@albany.edu or (518) 442-5210.