Graduate / Application process


Before applying, you should read the program overview (on this page) in order to familiarize yourself with the program. If you are considering joining our PhD program you should also realize that the program is a significant commitment on your part. We appreciate that and will endeavor to fit your aspirations with an appropriate faculty advisor who is in your research area of interest. With that in mind, you should read the faculty descriptions (on this page) and consider which faculty members you might be interested in working with. The program assign all students to a faculty advisor who helps and guides the student through the program.


Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and a superior record of academic achievement from an accredited institution. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required. Previous work in criminal justice or a cognate discipline is preferred. Cognate disciplines within social sciences include Anthropology, Geography, Law, Urban Studies, Sociology, Psychology, History, Political Science, and Women's Studies.


Successful applicants to the graduate programs will usually have at least the following credentials:

  • GRE scores of at least 153 on the Verbal section and 144 on the Quantitative section.
  • An overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale, and an average in the major of at least 3.2.
  • Applicants to the Ph.D. program who have completed graduate level coursework should have at least a 3.0 average for that coursework.


Applications must include:

  • The Temple University Graduate Application Form (available here – follow the link to 'graduate application')
  • Transcripts from all graduate and undergraduate study
  • Official GRE score report
  • A brief resume
  • Letters of recommendation from three persons familiar with the applicant's abilities and scholarly potential
  • A biographical statement explaining the applicant's purpose for graduate study (2-3 pages is usually fine)
  • At least one sample of the applicant's writing (previous academic work is preferable)
  • A non-refundable application fee of $60 (if submitted electronically: $75 for paper applications)

International students may be required to submit additional materials, such as TOEFL scores. Non-US applicants should consult the Graduate School Admissions-International Applications website: http://www.temple.edu/grad/admissions/international.htm.


Applications will usually not be reviewed until all required credentials are received. If you think a particular item will be late in arriving, please contact the department.

Application materials

Temple University has moved to an online application process. Click here to complete your application. Progress of your application can be tracked via the same web site, using the nine digit TUid number issued you once you have submitted your application and the PIN number you received in the mail. You will need your ID number and PIN in order to log onto the system.


Next page >> Read about the deadlines for application.