Criminal Justice

Salem State's graduate program in criminal justice is designed for professionals currently working in the criminal justice system, college graduates who want to enter the criminal justice field and students who may wish to continue study toward a doctoral degree. The program is Quinn Bill approved* and adheres to the colleges guidelines for graduate programs and the standards of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for graduate programs.

*Funding determined by Massachusetts Legislature.

Application Materials and Deadlines

  • Online graduate admissions application.
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee. 
  • Complete, official transcript documenting the award of a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or a cognate field, cumulative undergraduate 2.5 GPA and 2.7 GPA in the major, and successful completion of a course in basic statistics. Official transcripts of any graduate courses taken or degrees held.
  • Three references. Your references will be asked to submit their comments online via the online application. 
  • Official copy of scores from either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) taken within the last five years. Those who already hold a master’s degree or higher are exempt from this requirement. 
  • Students for whom English is not a first language must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores.
  • Statement of purpose (500- to 1,000-words, double-spaced) addressing the following questions:
    -What factors in your personal and professional history have influenced you in the past and now lead you to seek admission to this program at Salem State?
    -What are your long-term professional goals, and how will this program help you meet them?
    -Is there any other information that you think would help the admissions committee to evaluate your application?

Applications accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed once complete.

Program Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or related field
  • Cumulative undergraduate 2.5 GPA and 2.7 GPA in the major 
  • Undergraduate basic statistics course