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Graduate Students — How to Apply

All sworn and non-sworn Criminal Justice workers receive a 10 percent discount on tuition.

Welcome and thank you for your interest in Guilford's Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice. This page offers instructions for completing the application for admission to the graduate program. Please note that even after submitting your application you can return to it to upload additional materials and required items. We encourage you to complete the application and submit it and then upload other materials at a later date. Once you submit your online application, all other required materials (as applicable) and your $75 application fee should be sent to the Office of Graduate Admission at the following address:

Office of Graduate Admission
Guilford College
5800 West Friendly Ave
Greensboro, NC 27410


Looking for information about tuition and financial aid? Visit the Graduate Student Financial Aid page or contact the Office of Financial Aid.



All applicants must meet the below requirements:

  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree in a social or behavioral science from an accredited college or university.
  • Have earned a grade point average of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) in their most recent two years of undergraduate work.
  • You may choose to take the GRE examination, but it is optional for admission. If you choose to take it, scores must be included on the application, and applicants must provide test result information directly from the testing service. Guilford's ETS code is 5261. Student copies of scores will not be accepted for review.
  • Complete the Guilford College graduate school application.
  • Submit a statement of purpose. (Once you submit your application you can still return to your account to upload additional requirements, like your statement of purpose.)
  • Submit a resume.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from references who can address the student’s ability to complete a graduate level program successfully.
  • Students whose undergraduate degree is in a language other than English must submit TOEFL score.

Application Fee

All graduate applications must include the required, nonrefundable $75 application processing fee. Applications without payment will not be considered.

Transcripts and Academic History

Please obtain official transcripts from each college-level institution that you have attended. You should request from the institution's registrar's office that the transcripts be mailed directly to Guilford College at the below address:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Guilford College
5800 West Friendly Ave
Greensboro, NC 27410

Students who have attended Guilford College do not have to obtain their Guilford transcript. They are, however, responsible for obtaining all other college-level academic transcripts. Photocopied or faxed copies are not considered official. Please note that transcripts received in unsealed envelopes are not considered official and will not be processed.

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Statement of Purpose

You are required to submit a statement of purpose with your application. This statement (500 words maximum) should clearly and succinctly describe why you are choosing to attend graduate school and why you have the ability to take on the challenges of graduate school at Guilford College. 


Guilford College requires that applicants submit an updated copy of their resume. The resume must be included with the application. Please endure that your resume has all the work and extracurricular activities you engage in that will give the committee the most information about your background and qualifications. Your resume will be the only place that lists this information.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants for graduate degree study must include two letters of recommendation. You must list recommenders on your application in order to submit the application. Recommendations must be received directly from your references or must be sealed in an envelope with the recommender’s signature across the seal and included in your application packet. Recommendations must be sent to the following address:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Guilford College
5800 West Friendly Ave
Greensboro, NC 27410

International Students

  1. Taken an official TOEFL (paper-based) and earned a score of at least 550, or taken an Internet-based     TOEFL (iBT) and earned a score of at least an 80 or show proof of successfully completing an Intensive English language before attendance at Guilford College. Guilford’s TOEFL code is 5261. 
  2. Taken an official IELTS and earned a score of at least 6.5 (no more than two years before attendance at Guilford College). 
  3. Successfully completed level any advanced level English language training program prior to starting the graduate program. 

An International Student Financial Affidavit must be completed to document the applicant's ability to meet all educational and living expenses for the entire period of their intended study. Supporting documentation must also be submitted.

Application Deadlines

Admissions for both fall and spring semester will be on a rolling basis. Students who apply will be reviewed and will be notified of their admission decision within three weeks of their application file completion.

  • If you are applying for need-based financial aid, you should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15 (November 15 for spring admission). Guilford’s FAFSA code is 002931.

We appreciate your interest in Criminal Justice graduate study at Guilford College. We look forward to future correspondence with you, and encourage you to contact the Office of Admission at 336.316.2100 or or the graduate program director at or 336.316.2418 at any time during the application process.

Contact Us

Will Pizio

Will Pizio

Charles A Dana Professor of Justice and Policy Studies