Criminal Justice Admission Requirements

► The Criminal Justice degree offers a multidisciplinary understanding of crime and justice within the framework of broader social processes within our society.

The program examines all major aspects of the justice system from an ecological systems approach rather than a specialization in one narrow content area. The curriculum provides a theoretical understanding of the discipline, combined with an understanding of the scientific method as it applies to criminal justice.

Prior to application, students must complete all admission requirements for UW Tacoma and the Criminal Justice major (or students must have a plan in place to complete required courses prior to beginning classes). Please refer to the prerequisite grid. Transfer applicants are encouraged to meet with an admissions advisor prior to applying. To schedule an appointment, please call the Office of Admissions at 253-692-4742.

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Priority Application Deadlines

Winter 2018: October 15, 2017

Spring 2018: January 15, 2018

Autumn 2018: March 15, 2018

Criminal Justice | Online BA

In addition to the on-campus program, Social Work is pleased to offer an online Criminal Justice degree completion program.

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Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission applicants must:

  • Be a current UW Tacoma student or be in the process of admission to the UW Tacoma campus (including completion of intermediate algebra requirement)
  • Have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA
    • Transfer applicants must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA in all transfer coursework.
    • Current UW students who seek to either declare or change their major to criminal justice or criminal justice online must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA in all UW coursework and be in good standing with the university.
  • Have completed at least 60 UW or transferable college-level credits by the time of enrollment in the program 
    • NOTE: Applicants to the Criminal Justice Online Program must complete 90 transferable college-level academic credits by the time they intend to enroll in the program.
  • Have completed the following prerequisite courses with at least a 2.0 grade in each course:
    • Introductory course in political science/American government
    • Introductory or survey course in sociology
    • 5 credits of English Composition

Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Course Distribution

  Admission requirements Graduation requirements
World Language Two years in high school of the same world language or 10 credits of one language at the colllege level. *If deficient at the time of admission, world language must be complete prior to graduation.
Mathematics (1) Three years of high school math through intermediate (second year) algebra or a course in intermediate algebra at the college level.  
Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning [Q]   5 credits
Completed with a required course in statistics (2) (an introductory statistics course is a prerequisite for research).
Writing/Composition 5 credits of English composition (2)
effective Autumn 2014
5 credits of English composition (2)
10 additional credits of writing-intensive course work (3)
Visual, Literary and Performing Arts (Humanities) [V]   15 credits
Individuals and Societies (Social Science) [I] One introductory or survey course in political science/American government and sociology (5 credits each) (2) 15 credits (includes prerequisite coursework in political science and sociology) (2)
The Natural World (Natural Science) [N]   15 credits
Other requirements Completion of a minimum of 60 college-level credits. Completion of 180 credits

(1) Intermediate algebra requirement must be fulfilled before admission to the major. 

(2) Minimum 2.0 grade required in each course.

(3) Writing-intensive coursework may also count toward the Visual, Literary and Performing Arts (VLPA), Individuals and Society (I&S) or Natural World (NW) requirements.