Criminal Justice Key information

Master of Science, Criminal Justice

Contact Information

Questions concerning enrollment in the program should be directed to Dr. Heith Copes, Department of Justice Sciences. U 312, 1530 3rd Avenue South. Birmingham, Alabama 35294-3350.

Telephone (205) 934-2069 or email:

Deadline for Entry Term(s):


Deadline for All Application Materials to be in the Graduate School Office:


Number of Evaluation Forms Required:


Entrance Tests

GRE (TOEFL and TWE also required for international applicants whose native language is not English.)

Graduate Catalog Description

Graduate Catalog Description

Admission Requirements

The UAB Graduate School has established minimum standards for admission into the MS Program in Criminology & Criminal Justice "in good standing." Minimum requirements for admission include:

  1. evidence of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States,
  2. a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) computed either overall or for the last 60 hours of undergraduate credits earned ,
  3. a combined score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination.

International students have additional requirements and are strongly urged to consult the UAB Graduate School before seeking admission to the MS Program. All applications for admission to the MS Program are made through the UAB Graduate School and not to the Department. Application for admission can be made online through the UAB Graduate School website (UAB, Birmingham, Alabama 35294-1150; telephone 205-934-8227) Admissions will be made for the fall semester.

Please review the admissions CHECKLIST and FAQs for additional details.

Students are accepted into the program during the Fall of each year. Students are strongly encouraged to submit their completed application materials to the Graduate School no later than July 1st for Fall admission. A completed application includes the following:

  1. application for admission
  2. payment of application fee
  3. GRE scores (and TOEFL scores for international applicants)
  4. transcripts from all post-secondary institutions the student attended
  5. three letters of recommendation, and
  6. a personal statement

Financial Aid

Students who are admitted to the M.S.C.J. program "in good standing" are eligible to receive department-based financial aid in the form of research assistantships or scholarships that are awarded on a competitive basis. Students are typically notified of such awards in early June of each year for the following fall. Other financial resources may be available through the Office of Student Financial Aid.