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Admissions Procedures

Consideration for admission into the MSCJA program will not be begin until the graduate application file is complete. All required admissions materials (discussed below) must be received by the MSCJA program no later than one month prior to the beginning of classes for the term in which admittance is sought.


  1. Bachelor’s Degree (earned from an accredited university or college)

  2. Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or Higher (on a 4.0 scale)
    The applicant must have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in one of the following ways:

    1. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) in all coursework.

    2. or

    3. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in a minimum of nine graduate hours of coursework from an accredited university or college.

  3. Completed Graduate Application

  4. Non-Refundable Application fee of $50.00 (paper application) or $25.00 (online application)

  5. Official Transcripts from All Previous Universities or Colleges Attended
    Sealed official transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate Services Office at Chaminade University of Honolulu. Official transcripts are defined as being generated by the Registrar’s or Records Office, with the signature and/or seal of the Registrar.

  6. Letters of Recommendation
    Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are qualified to comment on the student's potential for successful graduate study in criminal justice administration are required. Letters from previous instructors are preferable; however, letters from other qualified individuals (i.e. employers) may be submitted. Letters of Recommendation should be submitted to the Graduate Services Office.

  7. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    An applicant from a foreign country for whom English is a second language must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 550. The TOEFL is waived for foreign students who have graduated from an accredited American university or college.

  8. Interview
    Upon receipt of the completed graduate application file, all applicants will participate in a formal interview with a member of the MSCJA faculty. If deemed necessary, a second interview with the Program Director and/or another MSCJA faculty member may be required. If the completed graduate application file is not received in a timely manner, this will delay the interview process; thus, delaying the applicant’s possible entry into the program.


  1. Classified Status
    An applicant who has successfully met all MSCJA criteria for admission will be admitted as a classified student. Classified students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. If a classified student receives a grade of a “C” in a core class, that class must be retaken the next time it is offered in which a grade of a “B” or higher must be attained.

  2. Provisional Status
    An applicant who has submitted all application materials but does not satisfactorily meet the classified admission requirements may be granted provisional status. Provisional status may be granted to applicants who show potential for successful completion of the MSCJA degree requirements. In order for the provisional student to continue within the MSCJA program, the student must attain classified status within the time period specified in the provisional admittance letter. If a provisional student receives a grade of a “C” in any class during the designated time frame, the student may be subject to dismissal from the MSCJA program.

  3. Unclassified Status
    Unclassified status may be granted to the applicant who satisfies the minimum admission requirements. Unclassified students are allowed to complete a maximum of twelve credit hours within the MSCJA program, providing the approval of the Director has been obtained. Students with unclassified status will not qualify for degree candidacy (classified degree status) until accepted by the Admissions Committee. Unclassified students who complete twelve credit hours must either choose to apply for classified degree status or cease taking graduate courses. Unclassified students are expected to comply with all MSCJA program policies.