Criminal justice is society's primary formal means of social control. Generally, it is the practice of public and private agencies and groups that deter crime and delinquency, and that prosecute, defend, adjudicate, punish, and correct suspects and convicted offenders.
View admissions criteria and requirements for:
- Masters of science (M.S.) in criminal justice program
- Joint juris doctor/master of science (J.D./M.S.) in criminal justice program
Applicants must meet requirements for admission to the Law School, be admitted into the Law School, and have successfully completed first-year law school courses.
Admission to the graduate program in criminal justice is based on:
- Evidence of a completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
- Quality of the applicant's undergraduate record, as evidenced by his/her undergraduate GPA.
- Two letters of recommendation (letters from college and/or law school professors acceptable).
- Personal statement (why do you want to pursue a master's degree in criminal justice?).
Why study criminal justice at Wayne State?
The study of criminal justice begins with analysis of the entire justice system as a force for social order. Advanced study inquires into the political, organizational, social and behavioral aspects of its components. Our program prepares students develop analytical and research skills that enable them to identify and assess the often conflicting objectives of criminal justice and investigate basic issues and practical problems in criminology and criminal justice. Legal courses foster an awareness of the values of due process and the limits of governmental power in a democratic society.