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Graduate Admissions

For admission to graduate study in the Department of Criminal Justice the applicant must first be admitted to the NCCU Graduate School. The most efficient and effective method of applying to NC Central University is through our Online Graduate Application. Applying online saves time and money, is more environmentally friendly than the traditional application, and reduces the chances for human error in processing. Please visit to apply.

Along with the University application, the following Supporting Materials should be sent to:

School of Graduate Studies
North Carolina Central University
1801 Fayetteville Street
Taylor Education Building, Room 123
Durham, NC  27707

The Department requires that all traditional track applicants arrange for submission of official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from the Educational Testing Service or by contacting the testing center on campus (919-530-6100).

Decisions on admission for the fall semester will first be made for those whose completed applications and supporting material have been received by the Graduate School and the Department on or before 30 days prior to the 1st day of class (in the semester you want to be admitted). Qualified applicants whose completed applications and supporting material are received on time will be granted admission on a first-come, first-served basis, up to the limits of available space in the program. Applications for both the Professional and Traditional MA programs are accepted for Fall and Spring semesters.

If the application is favorably recommended by the Department, this decision is sent to the Graduate School. The Graduate School in turn notifies the applicant of admission and asks for acknowledgement of acceptance. If the applicant is not favorably recommended for graduate study by the Department, then the Graduate School notifies the applicant of the decision.


Limited funding is available for students. This funding is awarded based on a competitive basis. Students are advised to contact the Director of Graduate Programs for the Criminal Justice Department for more information.  In addition, students should contact the University Financial Aid Office for information on other funding sources.

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