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D.C.J. Degree Program: Admission

Admission Requirements (Regular)

  • Earned master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution (or foreign equivalent) in criminal justice, criminology or a cognate discipline such as law (criminal justice-related LL.M.), anthropology, sociology, psychology or public administration. J.D. degree with demonstrated professional experience in criminal justice will also be considered.
  • Minimum grade-point average of 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) or foreign equivalent, with required graduate-level coursework in academic research methods, and graduate or undergraduate coursework in criminal law, criminal procedure, criminal justice, corrections and the court systems. Note: The prior criminal justice-related courses may be waived based upon actual training and experience.
  • Current resume, including academic and professional achievements.
  • Two letters of professional recommendation.
  • Submission of a personal statement that will be assessed by utilizing a standardized programmatic rubric to determine writing ability and skill at the doctoral level.
  • International Global Online Applicants

Admission Requirements (Conditional)

Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements. Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s have up to a maximum of two semesters to satisfy these requirements:

  • GPA between 3.00 and 3.49 with demonstrated patterns of significant professional accomplishment in the field of criminal justice.
  • Unofficial transcripts.

How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419

  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email ( or fax (724-938-5712)

Deadlines: Summer 2018
Application deadline: February 12, 2018
Cal U Decision deadline: April 2, 2018

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