Admission Requirements

At Ambrose, we understand that making the decision to further your education through graduate studies is an investment personally, professionally and financially. All of us in the MCJ Program are ready to help you through the admissions process.

Admission Procedure

Students with an accredited baccalaureate degree with a major in criminal justice or a related field – or with permission from the MCJ program director – may apply for admission to the program.

1. Complete the SAU application, including a professional goals statement and two letters of recommendation.

2. Request from your undergraduate institution that a complete and official transcript be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. An official copy is one sent from the institution directly to St. Ambrose University and should include any graduate course work.

Transfer Credit

St. Ambrose University will accept a maximum of six graduate credits from an accredited college or university if

  • the credits were earned within the last five years,
  • the final grade was at least a B,
  • and the course is determined relevant to the MCJ program.

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