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Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements for acceptance are as follows:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • GAP score of at least 600 [GAP = (GRE-V + GRE-Q) + (Undergrad GPA x 100)] for students who took the GRE after August 2011.
  • GAP score of at least 2200 [GAP = (GRE-V + GRE-Q) x Undergrad GPA] for students who took the GRE prior to August 2011. 
  • Application and Fee
  • Official copy of Transcript(s)
  • The GRE IS required for admission into this program.
    • Analytical Writing score of at least 3.5
  • Conditional admission is considered on a case by case basis for those not meeting these requirements.

Application Process

1. Apply for admission

  • Visit the Distance Learning Admission Page for more information.
    • A Step By Step Guide for completing the application process: Application Tutorial
    • There is a $65 application fee.
  • Complete the WKU Domestic and International Graduate Application
    • Under Planned Course of Study Section, Choose:
      • Category of Study >>> Masters
      • Planned Course of Study >>> Criminology (0421)

2. Submit Required Materials:

  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT
    • Request at least one official transcript showing the completed degree from accredited institutions other than WKU. 
    • The transcript must be forwarded from the college or university registrar electronically or directly to the Graduate School. 
    • Send your official transcripts from each college attended to Graduate Admissions. 
      • You may request electronic transcripts through the National Student Clearinghouse. This speeds up the admissions process considerably. If your school is not listed with the Clearinghouse, please contact them directly to see if they have another process in place for electronic submissions or request an official copy be sent by mail.
  • GRE SCORES
    • Submit an official GRE score report taken within the last 5 years.
  • For additional information on university admission requirements please visit the Graduate School Admission Page.

  Deadlines for Admission Applications & Transcripts 

  • Fall Semester: 
  • Spring Semester: 

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 Last Modified 6/2/17