Application & Location Info for this Criminology & Criminal Justice Program


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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.

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

Thank you for your interest in this UNC graduate program! You will complete the UNC Graduate School application and then submit additional materials. Please review the Eligibility section of the Program Summary page prior to application.

Step 1 – Apply

Apply to the UNC Graduate School (the bullets below may help you as you complete the application).

  • On the application, choose the following program:

    • Criminology and Criminal Justice M.A. (Extended Campus)

  • Request 2 academic or professional letters of recommendation from those who can attest to your academic potential and abilities. You will be asked to supply information for your recommenders in the application.

  • If you are unable to complete your application in one session, you can log back in to your application later to complete it. The application fee process will appear once you submit your application.

Step 2 – Submit Transcripts & Supplemental Items

You will then continue in the system (or log into the Admissions Portal) to complete the following:

  • All applicants will need to request one official transcript from each regionally accredited college or university where a bachelor's degree or higher was earned (or is in progress). Some applicants may need to provide additional transcripts. Situations that require this are listed on the Graduate School website (choose Domestic or International). Directions for having your official transcript(s) sent to UNC are listed in the Application Portal.

  • 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 application portal will also show you which of your recommendations have been completed.

  • GRE scores are NOT required for this program.

Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and your application packet is complete, your application will be reviewed by the graduate school then sent to the faculty/program for an admission decision. The timing of the admission decision depends on each individual program’s deadline and review process.

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.

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