Please note that you can return to upload additional information after you submit your application.
All applicants must meet the following requirements. Exceptions to these requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis:
- 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 Master of Criminal Justice 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.
- Two letters of recommendation are required. A link to a digital form will be sent to the recommending persons who you identify on your application. They will respond to a series of questions, and they can also upload a letter. They should address your ability to successfully complete a graduate level program.
- Students whose undergraduate degree is in a language other than English must submit TOEFL score.
It's free to apply for Guilford's Master of Criminal Justice program. If accepted, a $250 deposit, which will be applied to your first tuition bill, will be required to hold your spot.
Accelerated B.S. to M.S. Program (Guilford College Students Only)
The accelerated B.S. to M.S. program allows Guilford students to begin their graduate work as undergraduates. In this model, full-time Guilford undergraduate students apply for the graduate program in their junior year. If accepted, they take one graduate course in the fall of their senior year and two graduate courses in the spring of their senior year. These graduate courses replace the two upper-level electives in the Criminal Justice major and the one lower level elective in the Criminal Justice major.
Undergraduates who are not Criminal Justice majors may be accepted into the program, but the decision to allow graduate courses to count for major requirements is at the discretion of the department the student is majoring in. If a department does not allow graduate courses to count for major requirements, the graduate courses would count as general elective credits toward their undergraduate degree.
Admission into the accelerated program requires:
- A minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0
- A completed graduate program application in the student’s junior year
- Acceptance into the program by the Graduate Program Director
An undergraduate student will not be allowed to take graduate courses until they have completed JPS 300 (Professionalism and Ethics in CJ), JPS 333 (Criminology), and JPS 337 (Research Methods).
Graduate courses taken as an undergraduate student will double count toward both their bachelor’s degree and their master’s degree. Only full-time undergraduate students are eligible to be admitted into the accelerated B.S to M.S. program.
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 following address:
Office of Admission
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.