Online CJ | Admission Requirements

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The UW Tacoma School of Social Work and Criminal Justice 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.

Admission Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

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


How to Apply

Please note, the Online Criminal Justice major admits students in Autumn Quarter only.


Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must:

  • Be in the process of admission to the UW Tacoma campus (including completion of intermediate algebra requirement), or a current UW Tacoma student. Remember, the online CJ major admits Autumn Quarter only
  • Have a minimum 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 90 UW or transferable college-level credits by the time of enrollment in the program.
  • Have completed 5 credits of English Composition with at least a 2.0 (C) grade

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 Deadline

► Autumn 2019 priority application deadline: March 15, 2019

Autumn 2019 applications are still being accepted! Apply today!

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Course Distribution


Admission requirements
Graduation requirements
World Language (1)
Two years in high school of the same world language or 10 credits of one language at the college level.
*If deficient at the time of admission, world language must be complete prior to graduation.
Mathematics (2)
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 (3) (an introductory statistics course is a prerequisite for research).
5 credits of English composition (3)
effective Autumn 2014
5 credits of English composition (3)
10 additional credits of writing-intensive course work (4)
Visual, Literary and Performing Arts (Humanities) [V]


15 credits
Individuals and Societies (Social Science) [I]
15 credits
The Natural World (Natural Science) [N]


15 credits
Other requirements
Completion of a minimum of 90 college-level credits.
Completion of 180 credits
(1) It is highly recommended that the World Language requirement is completed prior to admission to the Criminal Justice online major.
(2) Intermediate algebra requirement must be fulfilled before admission to the major.
(3) Minimum 2.0 (C) grade required in each course.
(4) Writing-intensive coursework may also count toward the Visual, Literary and Performing Arts (VLPA), Individuals and Society (I&S) or Natural World (NW) requirements.