MJA Admissions

MJA Admissions


Apply online or download the following forms:

Minimum Requirements for Admission into the MJA Program

  1. Must have completed a Bachelors Degree from a regionally accredited institution in criminal justice, public administration, or a related discipline. Related disciplines are sociology, political science, social work, or psychology. A recommended undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  2. Currently working in the criminal justice system or related area OR have significant prior work experience in the criminal justice system or related area.
  3. Must have three letters of recommendation: one letter must be from a current superior from the applicant’s workplace supporting the application, two from University professors. If these academic references are not available, individuals who can speak to the applicant’s ability to complete graduate work will suffice.
  4. Must have interviewed with a member of the MJA Admission Committee either in person or via telephone conference call, if the Admission Committee deems it necessary.
  5. Must have no history of drug abuse or conviction of a felony.
  6. Must submit a written personal statement detailing professional aspirations.
  7. Must submit a current resume.

Note: The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or Millers Analogy Test (MAT) are not required for admission into the MJA Program; however, students who submit either a GRE or MAT score will be considered for unconditional acceptance into the program. A combined score of at least 1100 (combined verbal and quantitative sections) is recommended for the GRE or a minimum recommended Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score at the 50th percentile obtained within the last five years.

Minimum Requirements for Admission into Graduate Certificate Program

  1. Presently working in the criminal justice system or related area OR have significant prior work experience in the criminal justice system or related area
  2. Master’s degree in any disciplinary field
  3. Graduate transcripts
  4. Completion of a short application form
  5. Approval by the MJA Director

Special Student Status

Special student status affords individuals the opportunity to earn up to 9 hours of credit in the MJA Program without formal admission into the program. If an individual applies to the MJA Program and is accepted, up to 9 hours of credit obtained in Special Student Status may be accepted towards the M.J.A. degree. The Special Student Status affords individuals the opportunity to 1) strengthen academic background and/or 2) explore the MJA Program prior to formal application to the MJA Program. In addition, the Special Student status provides those not desiring the M.J.A. degree, the opportunity for personal enrichment or acquisition of knowledge, skills, and abilities to enable career advancement.

Obtaining Special Student Status requires completion of a short application and formal transcripts of the individual's undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited college or university. Registration as a Special Student requires approval by the MJA Director and may be on a space available basis.


Graduate Commencement Ceremony

The Winter Commencement Ceremony for students in Methodist University Graduate Programs.

Baccalaureate Service

Prior to graduation, a Baccalaureate Service will take place at 10:30 a.m. in Huff Concert Hall, where Dr. James Howell will deliver the baccalaureate...


This is the undergraduate Winter Commencement ceremony.

Admission by ticket only until 1:55 p.m.

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