School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics - Graduate Admissions Information

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Graduate Admissions

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 (CSULA), and one to the School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics.

·   The application to CSULA can be completed and submitted online through CSUMentor (  The application to the School, in PDF format, can be obtained online at crim_grad.php. Applications can also be obtained at the School’s office.  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 for admission to the graduate programs in the following fall quarter. New criminalistics and criminal justice graduate students are accepted only in the fall quarter 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 (CSULA application).


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