Admission Requirements

To apply, students must:

  1. Have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university,    
  2. Take the GRE within 5 years preceding application, and    
  3. Meet the following criteria:        

Applicants will be selected for admission on a competitive basis based on the following:

  1. GPA on all work as an upper division student seeking a bachelor's degree.    
  2. Verbal + Quantitative scores on the GRE    
  3. Three letters of recommendation addressing applicant's ability to do graduate work. (Letters from professors are preferred, but not required)    
  4. 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.    
  5. 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

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
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Mailing Address:
Department of Criminology - SOC 107
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave. Tampa, Florida 33620-8100