To apply, students must:
- Have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university,
- Take the GRE within 5 years preceding application, and
- Meet the following criteria:
- A graduate degree earned from a regionally accredited university.
- At least a "B" average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) on all work as an upper division student seeking a bachelor's degree.
- A minimum verbal score of 153 Verbal and 144 Quantitative or a total (verbal + quantitative) of 297. All applicants MUST submit GRE scores.
Applicants will be selected for admission on a competitive basis based on the following:
- GPA on all work as an upper division student seeking a bachelor's degree.
- Verbal + Quantitative scores on the GRE
- Three letters of recommendation addressing applicant's ability to do graduate work. (Letters from professors are preferred, but not required)
- A sample of written work providing evidence of the applicant's writing, research, and/or critical thinking skills. This sample should consist of at least three typed pages on a topic related to criminology/criminal justice or the applicant's undergraduate major.
- A statement of purpose highlighting the applicant's credentials and indicating his/her (a) reasons for seeking a M.A. degree in criminology, (b) areas of interest in criminology/criminal justice, and (c) future career plans.
Click here for details on "How to Apply" .
International students should be aware that the Department of Criminology requires a course-by-course evaluation of all transcripts. Details can be found here.
International students from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate proof of English language proficiency. Click here for details.
Please note that the Department of Criminology will only waive the proof of English proficiency requirement for international students from non-English speaking countries, who have earned a four-year degree in the United States.
More information on international applications can be found at: Office of Admissions
For more information, please contact:Dr. Ráchael Powers Graduate Director (813) 974-9531 Send email Mailing Address: Department of Criminology - SOC 107 University of South Florida 4202 E. Fowler Ave. Tampa, Florida 33620-8100