Applying to our Programs - Criminalistics, M.S.

Criminalistics, MS

Graduate Program Application Process for Criminalistics 

Applicants must satisfy both university and school requirements before admission to the criminalistics graduate degree program.  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 Cal State Apply.  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 16th of the calendar year the applicant seeks to be admitted.  New criminalistics 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 60 semester units (or last 90 quarter units) and 3.0 in the undergraduate major are required for consideration.



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


NOTE: We are aware that the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) requirement is currently listed in the e-catalog for the Criminalistics Graduate Program. Effective Fall 2017, the GRE is not required to apply to the Criminalistics Graduate Program.

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. Katherine Roberts for questions and advisement on the Criminalistics Graduate Program. 

University eCatalog Link

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Forensic Science Minor

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