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Admission Requirements and Application Submission Instructions

To be considered for admission into the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program, applicants must meet the following three criteria:

  1. Possess a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher
  2. Have a combined score of at least 700 on the Verbal and Quantitative Graduate Record Examination (GRE) tests; 
  3. Score at least 3.0 on the GRE Analytical Writing test.

Applicants must submit the following items:

  1. Fayetteville State University Application for Graduate Study;
  2. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate colleges and universities attended, and showing award of the baccalaureate degree. Official transcripts should be sent from the university, not from the applicant;
  3. Official GRE scores sent from Educational Testing Service;
  4. Two letters of recommendation from people who are qualified to assess the applicant’s academic potential. These letters must not be from relatives, nor should they be personal or character references;
  5. One- to two-page admissions essay detailing the applicant’s future goals, and explaining how earning a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Fayetteville State University will help achieve those goals; and
  6. Non-refundable $35 application fee, in cash, check, or money order.

Mail all items to:

Graduate Admissions
The Graduate School
Fayetteville State University
1200 Murchison Road
Fayetteville, NC  28301


Special instructions for international applicants:

  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must submit a TOEFL score of 550 on the written test (or 213 on the computer-based test or 79 on the Internet-based test).
  • International applicants who have received a four-year or graduate degree at an English-speaking institution within the past ten years are exempt from providing TOEFL scores.
  • All international applicants must submit their transcripts to World Education Services (WES) for evaluation before having them sent to FSU. Designate FSU to receive the WES credential evaluation report.

Students are admitted into the Master of Science program in Criminal Justice semi-annually, in the fall and in the spring. The priority deadline for applications for fall admission is April 15, and the deadline for spring admission is October 15. Applications received before these dates are guaranteed full consideration for the following semester.


Student loans are available for qualified individuals who have been admitted to the program.


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