Master in Criminal Justice
Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to take the GRE?

Yes. All Students must have GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores submitted directly to The University of Mississippi to be considered for admission. We cannot accept LSAT or GMAT scores as substitutes for a GRE score. A desirable GRE score is at least a 400 on each section and no less than a 3.5 on the writing assessment.

Do both my references need to be from professors, or can I get a work reference?

We strongly encourage that the letters be from academic referees who can speak to your ability to do graduate level work, including critical thinking, writing and in class participation.

When will I hear back about my application status?

We have a rolling admission process. The admission committee meets each month and considers all completes app lications. Recommendations are made at each of these meetings a nd are forwarded to the Graduate School. The Graduate School will make the final admission decis ion and will notify you via e-mail.

What is the minimum GPA required for admission to the Master of Criminal Justice program?

All applicants shou ld have a GPA score of 3.0 or higher on the last 60 hours of study.

I have to write a thesis to get my degree?

No, not all students who graduate with a Master of Criminal Justice from The University of Mississippi will research and write an independent thesis. Some students will choose to complete a practicum instead.

When should I submit my application to The University of Mississippi?

In order to meet all required deadlines, your application should be submitted as soon as you decide to apply to the Master of Criminal Justice program.

Can I take the GRE more than once?

Yes. We will take the highest score achieved.

I am Interested in a Graduate Assistantship, how should I apply for this position?

Please apply to the program no later than April 1 if you are interested in a fall Graduate Assistantship. Please include a letter of interest and a current resume in your application packet to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship.

What can I do with a Master of Criminal Justice?

After completing our 36-hour Masters program, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Enter a doctoral program
  • Teach
  • Enter a local, state or federal law enforcement agency or a department of homeland security as an officer agent or policy agent.
  • Enter the private security field.