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Bachelor of Science

Prospective undergraduate students interested in entering the Criminal Justice program at Buffalo State must apply through the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

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Master of Science

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
  2. A written statement of intent that discusses the student’s preparation for graduate study.
  3. If minimum requirements are not met, the graduate faculty may grant an applicant conditional admission to the program as a premajor if the applicant has a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale)


    a. A minimum of five years of full-time work experience in the criminal justice field.
    b. A minimum combined score of 290 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

  4. Applications may be accepted after the deadlines published by the Graduate Office for the fall/spring semester. Requests for late application should be made to the department chair.

Program Prerequisites

1. An undergraduate descriptive and inferential statistics course from a four-year institution.

2. An undergraduate research methods course from a four-year institution.

In addition, all applicants should review the "Admission to a Graduate Program" section in the current Graduate Catalog.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to 36 credit hours of coursework, the exit requirements for students in the criminal justice graduate program consist of a graduate comprehensive examination or a master's research paper.

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Criminal Justice

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Classroom Building C114
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-4517 •  Fax: (716) 878-3240