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Application Deadlines

  • Early application deadline: March 1
  • Standard application deadline: July 1

Applying by the early application deadline increases your chance of full consideration for graduate assistantship opportunities to offset program costs.

A completed application typically takes between four to six weeks to process. Your application for admission will not be fully processed until all materials have been received by the Graduate School. Files are reviewed on a first-served basis as soon as they are complete, and students are notified by letter as soon as admission is granted to the MACJ program.

Application Process

You will apply to the program and then submit additional materials:

  1. Apply to the UNC Graduate School
    • Choose Criminology and Criminal Justice-MA as your academic program of interest on the application.
    • Follow all graduate school application steps for the application fee and submission of official copies of your transcripts (GRE scores are not required for this program).
  2. You will then click on "Submit Supplemental Items" (or log back in later and choose "Bear App Profile") to submit the following in the online application system once you have completed your graduate school application:
    1. Two professional letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to your academic potential and abilities - the system will help you initiate requests to be sent to them.
    2. Personal Essay – a one to two page essay answering the following: In what ways would a Master of Arts in Criminology & Criminal Justice benefit you personally and professionally? Your essay must be double-spaced, in 12-point font, with one-inch margins all the way around.

The MACJ Admissions Committee reviews all completed applications and makes admissions decisions. Admission to the MACJ program is based upon the applicant’s academic history, personal essay, letters of recommendations, work experience, and potential for academic and career success.


Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
Less than 2 years
$570/credit hour

Delivery Options:

Program Coordinator:

Mary Evans


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What Students Say

Adam Turk - criminal justice masters graduate

“Had it not been for the UNC master's degree, I would not be in the position I am in today.  The skills I acquired played a key role in my promotion and continue to help me in my current job assignment.

"As a result of the knowledge, research, and contacts from the program, I am a stronger leader and manager at my current police organization.”

– Program Graduate Adam Turk,
Investigations Lieutenant, Greeley Police Dept.

Saara Alakoski - criminal justice master of arts graduate

“I soon realized if I wanted to advance in the criminal justice system, I needed to further educate myself. My experience with the master’s program was a very good one. All of the professors made themselves available for any questions that arose.

"I put my degree to use daily. In fact, we just started a new intake unit, and we now receive the new people coming from court after sentencing.”

– Program Graduate Saara Alakoski,
Probation Officer, 18th Judicial District (CO)

“The Master of Arts program allowed me to gain invaluable experience. The curriculum prepared me to advance my career in the criminal justice field working as a Victim Services Coordinator and running the Juvenile Diversion program out of Eagle County, Colorado.

"The professors tailor the classes to be relevant to working professionals as well as expand the student’s academic prowess and understanding. The format, classwork, professors and overall program are top notch, allowing professionals to advance their careers in any area of criminal justice that they choose.”

– Program Graduate Kamille McKinney,
Victim Services / Juvenile Diversion Coordinator, 5th Judicial District (CO)