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  School of Criminal Justice 2021-2023 Doctoral Program Admission  

Requirements for Admissions
The minimum academic requirement for admission to the School of Criminal Justice is the completion of a bachelor's degree in a college or university accredited by the appropriate accrediting association. It is the policy of the School to admit those students who, in the opinion of the Admissions Committee, show promise of succeeding in the doctoral program. Primary consideration is given to the applicant¿s scholastic record, including the distribution and quality of work. Ordinarily, a grade point average of 3.5 or better is expected, with strong performance demonstrated in theory, policy, methods, and statistics. Additional evidence of potential for graduate study is demonstrated by letters of recommendation, the personal statement, applicable professional experience, and scores on the Graduate Record Examination.

Admissions Procedures
Application for admissions to the doctoral program must be completed online. Detailed requirements and procedures for applying are available at the Graduate and Professional Admissions website: All applicants are required to pay a nonrefundable application fee, which is also payable online.
A complete application generally consists of the online application, a writing sample, three letters of recommendation, an application fee, official transcripts of previous academic work, a personal statement, and test scores. Most of the application materials are submitted electronically, any supplemental materials sent via regular mail should go directly to:
The Office of Graduate and Professional Admission
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
190 University Avenue
Engelhard Hall, Room 101
Newark, NJ 07102- 1896 U.S.A.

The deadline for application to the School of Criminal Justice doctoral program is January 5th for consideration for a fall term admission. The deadline may be extended if there is sufficient time to render a decision, and a position in the program still remains available. Normally the School does not admit doctoral students into the program for spring term admission.
Note: The School of Criminal Justice doctoral program reserves the right to close admission prior to stated deadlines or to extend deadline dates if sufficient time exists in which to make decisions. Individuals should apply for admission and financial assistance as early as possible. The university may withdraw applications from students whose applications are incomplete at the deadline.

Candidates who are admitted to the criminal justice doctoral program are notified by the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions and by the School of Criminal Justice. The school may cancel a student's registration, however, if he or she fails to satisfy the conditions of admission.
An admitted candidate will receive an admissions packet via U.S. mail within several days after he or she has been formally admitted. The packet contains a formal certificate of admission along with information for admitted students about the enrollment process. Candidates are expected to register for the semester for which they were admitted. Those who fail to do so must notify the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions and the School of Criminal Justice, as they may be required to submit a second application and fee to be reconsidered for admission at a later date. In addition, they may have to provide a transcript(s) of any intervening college work.

Satisfactory English proficiency is a prerequisite for graduate study at Rutgers. Admitted students may be required to take a test of English proficiency soon after they arrive at the university, and they may also be required to take coursework in English as a Second Language (ESL).
International applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) if English is not their native language. For further information about the test, visit or write to TOEFL/TSE Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151. The telephone number is 609-771-7100. To learn more about the IELTS, visit the website at
New international students appointed as teaching assistants are required to take an oral proficiency test regardless of their TOEFL scores. They are also required to take two-weeks of intensive training during the summer sponsored by the Graduate School-Newark and the Program in American Languages. They will be notified of said training by the Graduate School-Newark and the corresponding departments. Nonimmigrant students also must present evidence that they have adequate financial resources to meet their educational and living expenses. The university may deny admission to international applicants who lack proficiency in English.
Foreign applicants attending or recently graduating from another United States institution are required to submit a Foreign Student Adviser's Report (FSAR) completed by the appropriate official at the school, along with a copy of the current I-20. For detailed information on the application process and requirements for international applicants, see

In order to declare their intent to attend the doctoral program, admitted applicants can confirm their attendance at or return the Admission Acknowledgement Form that is provided in the admission's packet. This form needs to be emailed or mailed to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admission at 190 University Avenue, Engelhard Hall, Room 101, Newark, NJ 07102. Admitted applicants need to make sure to con¿rm their residency status for tuition billing purposes on the AAF. For more information, visit

The Office of the Dean of the Graduate School-Newark, not the admissions office, handles all applications by former students who are seeking readmission to the school. The readmission procedure is required of all students who:
  1. have withdrawn officially from school;
  2. did not receive a degree in the program for which they were enrolled;
  3. failed to maintain continuous registration through coursework or matriculation continued status.
The student will be assessed a $60 readmission fee, which is payable to Rutgers University and is paid through the registrar's office.

 Appropriate forms are available from the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School-Newark and on its website at
For additional information, contact RU-info at 848-445-info (4636) or
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