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Admission Requirements

Admission to the graduate program will be determined by the faculty in Criminal Justice. Applications for admission will be accepted for all academic semesters, although faculty members will ordinarily review applications each Spring. All students admitted to the graduate program will be assigned a graduate advisor who will assure the program meets the individual needs of the students.

Students seeking admission must submit an application and will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Completion of the baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Two writing samples, one which is a personal statement
  • Personal interview
  • Statistics course (students may be required to take a data analysis or a statistics course if not taken previously)
  • Two letters of recommendation. When possible letters should be from faculty familiar with the applicant's academic work.
  • Graduate Record Examination Scores
  • TOEFL or its equivalent for students from countries where English is not the primary language with a minimum score of 570 (paper based) or 230 (computer based) taken within the last three years.

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RIT offers generous financial aid to our graduate students. Last year, the university provided $17 million in assistantships and scholarships to 2,100 graduate students.  For additional information, please see the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships