Applying to our Programs - Criminalistics, M.S.

Criminalistics, MS

Graduate Program Application Process for Criminal Justice and Criminalistics 

Applicants must satisfy both university and school requirements before admission to the criminalistics or criminal justice graduate degree programs.  Acceptance to the University does not guarantee acceptance to the School.

Students must complete two applications: one to the California State University, Los Angeles, and one to the School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics.

The application to Cal State LA can be completed and submitted online through CSUMentor.  The application to the School, in PDF format, can be obtained below. The application can be mailed or hand delivered to the address provided on the application.  The School has one graduate application, on which the applicant will indicate the specific degree program of interest.     

All applications to the School must be received by March 1st of the calendar year the applicant seeks to be admitted.  New criminalistics and criminal justice graduate students are accepted only in the fall semester of each academic year.

Grade Point Average:

For admission to the School’s graduate programs, a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the last 90 quarter units (or last 60 semester units) and 3.0 in the undergraduate major are required for consideration.

Graduate Record Exam:

For admission to the School’s graduate programs, applicants are required to have an acceptable Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score.  Applicants must arrange to take the GRE and have their scores sent directly to the school by the Educational Testing Service. 


Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be submitted with the school application in addition to the transcripts required by the Office of University Admission and Outreach (Cal State LA application).


Applications to the School’s graduate degree programs will not be considered until all of the above conditions are met.

Graduate Program Application (Click here for Application)

If you would like to speak with a faculty member regarding the School’s programs, please contact Dr. Jane Gauthier for general information on the Criminal Justice Graduate Program and Dr. Katherine Roberts for questions and advisement on the Criminalistics Graduate Program. 

University eCatalog Link

• Criminal Justice, M.S. 
• Criminalistics, M.S. 

Forensic Science Minor

-For information on enrolling in the forensic science minor program, please contact Professor Donald Johnson at

NOTE: Forensic Science minor students must have a major in biology, chemistry, bio-chemistry or physics.