How to Apply

How To Apply to the Ph.D.  Program

Applicants may complete and submit the application online.

Applications are accepted for the Fall semester only.  All portions of the application must be received by January 10 for fall admission.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all documents are received by the graduate school. No action will be taken until your admissions file is complete. Please use the included checklist as you prepare your application. Request information here>> 

#1 Application Form

The entire application form must be completed, and the applicant must submit the $75 application fee online.

#2 Personal Goal Statement

Your personal statement should briefly describe your background, interests and your reasons (expectations, goals, etc.) for wanting to pursue study in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. You may include any other information that you feel may be useful in considering your application for admission. We do ask, however, that you limit your personal statement to approximately 1000 words.

#3 Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended should be uploaded to the Apply Yourself system as part of your application.

#4 Test Requirements

Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required, and must be sent directly to the Graduate School from Educational Testing Services (ETS). Only scores from the past five years will be accepted. No application for admission will be considered prior to receipt of official scores from ETS.  For additional information on the GRE please visit their website at

International applicants must also submit evidence of English Proficiency (from one of the following):

  • TOEFL or
  • IELTS  or
  • Degree earned at U.S. institution

#5 Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. Letters should be of an academic and/or professional nature. Letters of recommendation must also be submitted online as part of your application.

#6 Resume

Please upload a copy of your resume.

#7 Writing Sample

Please upload a sample of your writing.  This may be in the form of paper you have written for a class, a chapter of your thesis or a document from your professional career that reflects your writing style.

#8 Submit Application

Please do not hesitate to call or write if you need further details regarding the application process or the academic offerings of the program. Applications cannot be considered complete until all materials have been received, including applicable test scores.  Once the application is submitted, the applicant may check the status of their application by logging on to the application website.  Decisions regarding admission to the Ph.D. program in Criminology and Justice Policy will be made shortly after the application deadline.

Submit supporting application materials to:

Graduate School
Northeastern University
180 Rennaissance Park
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA  02115

  • Contact

    For information about the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University:

    Call (617) 373-3327