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Application and Admission

Because of the inter-disciplinary nature of the major and the mandatory internship in the final semester before graduation the Criminal Justice Studies major is available by application and admission only. Students interested in majoring in Criminal Justice Studies should plan to apply and be admitted to the major no later than fall semester of their junior year.

To apply to the major a student must:

  1. Be enrolled at UGA and be in good academic standing.
  2. Complete the online application during the open application cycle. 
  3. Have completed at least thirty hours of college-level work (this may include AP, IB, and joint enrollment). 
  4. Have completed POLS 1101, SOCI 1101, PSYC 1101, and Statistics or Calculus with no grade less than "C" (a grade of 'C-' is not sufficient) and with a 2.5 GPA or better on the four classes (Statistics/Calculus, if offered as a four-credit class, is treated as a 3-hour course when calculating this GPA).  

Students who meet these criteria are admitted to the major.  Please ensure you meet this criterion before you apply to the major. When applying to UGA, students should specify Intended-CJ/Arts and Sciences on their UGA application.

If you are registered for summer courses that could affect your application (ie: they're in progress), do not apply until those grades are in.  If you are in danger of not being in good academic standing and are taking summer classes, please wait to apply until Fall 2024. 


Application Cycle Application Opens Application Deadline
Fall 2024 May 7, 2024 August 23, 2024
Spring 2025 November 5, 2024 January 10, 2025

Students can expect to hear a decision via email within 3-4 weeks of applying to the major. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as they are eligible. No late applications will be accepted. 

If you have questions regarding the application, please contact Caroline Bryson at

If you have other questions, please contact your advisor. 



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