There is no required background or preferred experience for admission to the degree, but students should demonstrate interest in and aptitude for graduate study in criminology, law and society.
The submitted goals statement should be 2-3 pages in length and explain why you want to earn a graduate degree in Criminology, Law and Society and why you want to do so at Mason. If applicable, please refer to specific faculty members’ work and /or research areas and explain your interest (uploaded via online application).
The application requires the names and email addresses (via online application) of the two faculty members or individuals who have first-hand knowledge of the applicant’s academic or professional capabilities who will be submitting required recommendations.
Applicants must send in GRE scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical tests taken within five years of application.
The writing sample should be a recent sole-authored work of at least 2,500 words (uploaded online).
The Office of Graduate Admissions, in coordination with the MA in Criminology, Law and Society review committee, will consider requests from admitted students to have their application reconsidered for a future term if they choose not to enroll in the semester for which they were accepted. A reconsideration is not an automatic admission and an applicant must go through admissions review again, regardless of previous decision. Offers of funding are not guaranteed for reconsiderations and are at the discretion of the program of admission. All requests for reconsideration must be submitted using the directions in the Self-Service Center by the enrollment deadline listed in the student’s offer of admission. Reconsideration is granted only for a period of one full academic year (Ex. Fall to Fall).