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Criminal Justice & Legal Studies Department

Admission & Application

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Washburn Graduate Admission application


Applicants needing to complete a paper application and accompanying forms can contact the Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies at Washburn University.  Correspondence regarding admission should be addressed as follows:

Master of Criminal Justice Admissions
Dr. Erin Grant, Graduate Program Director
Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Department
Benton Hall, Room 201 B
1700 SW College Ave Topeka, KS 66621

(785) 670-2216 or (785) 670-1411

Application Fee

There is a $40 non-refundable fee required with the online Application for Admission.  If the fee is paid separately, for any reason, the check should be made out to Washburn University with the following notation at the bottom of the check "MCJ Application Fee".

General Requirements for Admission:

  1. Complete the online Washburn Graduate Admission application. *Please note this application will include the MCJ application materials as well.
  2. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work to the Registrar’s Office
  3. Applicants for unconditional admission must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in the last two years (60 hours) of college course work from accredited institutions.
  4. Applicants who do not have a 3.0 GPA must submit evidence to the Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Department that they have achieved a cumulative score of 290 on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).
  5. Applicants must submit a personal statement explaining (a) personal philosophy of the criminal justice system and (b) reasons for entering the program.
  6. Applicants must submit a completed Program of Courses form for the appropriate degree option indicating any transfer credit to be applied to the degree.


It is the policy of Washburn University and the Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Department to assure equal educational and employment opportunity to qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, marital or parental status, or sexual orientation

Transfer of Academic Credits

Students who are admitted as a “full-standing” student may transfer a maximum of 6 semester hours of relevant graduate course work from another university or another Washburn department. These will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The applicant must have received a grade of “B” or better in the course(s) being considered for transfer.

Life Experience

Under no circumstances will academic credit be awarded for life experience.

Non-Degree Students

Non-degree seeking students wishing to enroll in graduate criminal justice courses may do so with permission of the Department Chair.

Academic Advising

Upon admission to the Master of Criminal Justice program, all students will participate in at least one (1) student orientation session. Likewise, all students will be advised by the graduate program director, who will assist students with selecting and scheduling courses.

Students must see the graduate program director for advising prior to enrollment.

Application Deadline

Priority Application Deadlines - November 1st for Spring Admission. April 1st for Fall Admission.

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Washburn University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or marital or parental status. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Dr. Pamela Foster, Equal Opportunity Director/Title IX Coordinator, Washburn University, 1700 SW College Ave, Topeka, Kansas 66621, 785.670.1509,

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