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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 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 application fee, in cash, check, or money order.

Mail all items to:

The Office of Admissions

Fayetteville State University

1200 Murchison Road

Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301


International applicants should consult the Office of Admissions for special instructions.

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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