About

The Criminal Justice program from Grand Valley State University is designed to prepare those students who are planning to pursue doctoral degrees.

Why Study Criminal Justice At Grand Valley?

  • Faculty have practical experience, diverse specialties, strong academic credentials, and a vast knowledge of the criminal justice system.
  • Students receive a challenging, enriching, and applied academic experience.
  • Class sizes are small, students in the program come from various backgrounds, and there are numerous opportunities for students to work one-on-one with professors through graduate assistantships.

Coursework

Students study a variety of criminal justice topics, including:

  • Criminology
  • Criminal justice leadership
  • Criminal justice policy
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Research methodology and statistics

Career Options

Graduates find employment in a variety of professions, including:

  • Law enforcement
  • Court administration
  • Correctional administration
  • Juvenile justice
  • Probation and parole
  • Private security
  • Social services
  • Public administration

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Qualitative Methodology 
  • Criminal Justice Leadership 
  • Legal and Ethical Issues 
  • Criminal Justice Policy and Program Evaluation 
  • Research Methodology and Data Analysis 
  • Criminology 
  • Policing and Society 
  • Corrections and Punishment 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time Part-time
  • Credits
    33-36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores, however, has not provided a recommended or minimum required score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

  • Undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale calculated from the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least two are from current or former professors).
  • A personal statement essay 
  • The Graduate Committee reserves the right to require additional information it deems appropriate, including GRE test scores and writing samples. 
  • Students who have not earned a degree in criminal justice or criminology may be required to take undergraduate criminal justice courses at the discretion of the MCJ graduate program director. 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    651 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 651 USD per credit and a duration of  .
  • National Applies to you

    651 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 651 USD per credit and a duration of  .
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Living costs for Allendale

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the foundation we use to determine your eligibility for federal, state and institutional programs. The (FAFSA) is an application that collects household and financial information for the student and the student's parents/family. You will need an FSA ID to submit the FAFSA.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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