Applying for Admission

Applying for admission is a two-step process:

Step One: University Application

Step Two: Criminal Justice Department Application

All information and forms must be received by the Office of Graduate Admissions and the Criminal Justice Department by appropriate deadlines to be guaranteed consideration for current academic year admission. It is your responsibility to ensure all information is received. All applicants whose files are complete by the appropriate dates will be reviewed and considered for admission.

Step One: University Application

Information on applying can be found here.

All students, including graduating seniors from CSUSB, who plan to enroll as graduate students for the first time, must submit a formal university graduate application through CSU Apply and pay a $55 nonrefundable application fee.

Former graduate students of the university must apply for readmission if: (a) they have been absent for more than one quarter (excluding summer sessions) immediately preceding the quarter for which readmission is sought, or (b) they have attended other colleges during their absences from California State University, San Bernardino. Students who are reapplying must again pay the $55 application fee.

Students who completed their undergraduate coursework at a university other than CSUSB, or who have attended other colleges during their absences from CSUSB, must submit official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions  for each institution attended. Please allow at least one month prior to the deadline for your transcripts to be sent to the University.

The department strongly suggests that students apply to the university at least a month in advance of our deadline to allow sufficient time for the university to process your information and paperwork.

If you are an unclassified graduate student or currently enrolled in another graduate program at CSUSB, you must file a change of program form with the Graduate Admissions office in lieu of the university application.

If you will be applying to more than one graduate program on campus, please contact the Graduate Admissions office at (909) 537-5030 to submit additional PART B sections of the university application.

Step Two: Department Application

In addition to the university application, students must also submit the following documents directly to the Criminal Justice Department:

  1. A Statement of Purpose
    1. This statement should include information describing the applicant’s preparation for graduate study and professional goals.
  2. Three Letters of Recommendation (in sealed envelopes signed by the recommenders).

This package of application materials should be sent to the MA Coordinator, Criminal Justice Department, California State University San Bernardino, 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, CA 92407-2397.

Application Deadlines

Quarter of Enrollment Application Deadline
Fall  April 1
Winter  September 1
Spring  December 15