Online CJ | Admission Requirements

The UW Tacoma Social Work Program now offers a fully online Criminal Justice major.

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.

The online Criminal Justice (CJ) degree completion program follows the same curriculum and major requirements as the on-campus CJ major. All 65 credits required for the major will be available online, alongside other online UW courses to help fulfill degree requirements.

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Application Requirements

The Autumn 2015 priority application deadline is March 16, 2015.

To be considered for admission, applicants must:

  • Be in the process of admission to the UW Tacoma campus, or a current UW Tacoma student. Remember, the online CJ major admits Autumn Quarter only.
  • Have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Have completed at least 90 transferable college-level credits by the time of enrollment 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

Prerequisite Course Equivalency

The college-level courses listed below have been approved to meet the admission and prerequisite requirements for the Criminal Justice major.

Prerequisites Intro to Political Science
or American Government
Intro to Sociology 5 Credits of English Composition

Bellevue College

POLS& 101 or POLS& 202 SOC& 101 ENGL& 101

Centralia College

POLS& 101 or POLS& 202 SOC& 101 ENGL& 101
Grays Harbor CC POL S102 or POL S110 or POLS& 202 SOC& 101 ENGL& 101

Green River CC

POLS& 101 or POLS& 202 SOC& 101 ENGL& 101

Highline CC

POLS& 201 or POLS& 202 SOC& 101 ENGL& 101
Olympic College POLS& 101 or POLS& 201 or POLS& 202 SOC& 101 ENGL& 101

Pierce College

POLS& 101 or POLS& 202 SOC& 101 ENGL& 101
Seattle Community Colleges POLS& 101 or POLS& 202 SOC& 101 ENGL& 101

South Puget Sound CC

POLS& 101 or POLS& 202 SOC& 101 ENGL& 101

Tacoma CC

POLS& 101 or POLS& 202 SOC& 101 ENGL& 101

UW Tacoma

TPOL S 201 or TPOL S 202 T SOC 165 T CORE 101 or TWRT 112

Note: Criminal Justice prerequisites must be completed with a grade of 2.0 (C) or better.

To find out how courses from a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the University of Washington Tacoma, check the UW Equivalency Guide.

Admission Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Completion of all prerequisite requirements
  • Previous academic history
  • Personal goal statement describing your interest in criminal justice


How to apply

Online Learning

Learn more about the program's Technical Requirements and advice for Successful Online Learning.

Course Distribution

  Admission requirements Graduation requirements
Foreign Language Two years in high school of the same foreign language or 10 credits of one language at the college level. *If deficient at the time of admission, foreign language must be complete prior to graduation.
Mathematics 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 (1)
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 90 college-level credits. Completion of 180 credits

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

(2) Minimum 2.0 grade required in each course.

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