Many students decide to go on to graduate-level work to help them achieve their academic, personal, and career goals.  Students interested in graduate school should plan ahead, research possible schools carefully, and start working toward the admissions requirements early in their undergraduate careers.  This typically includes taking challenging courses, maintaining a high GPA, performing well on entrance tests, and submitting a strong application.  However, students should carefully research schools to determine the specific criteria for those particular institutions.  The resources below offer some starting points for exploring graduate school, but students should also feel free to consult with Justice Studies faculty and advisors to learn more. 

Law School

For those interested in law school, JMU offers Pre-law as a pre-professional program, which gives students access to additional resources and a network of advisors.

Programs of Interest

This is not intended to be an exhaustive list, but here are some programs that Justice Studies faculty believe might be of interest to Justice Studies majors:

University of Delaware, Sociology and Criminology

University of Maryland, Criminology and Criminal Justice

Eastern Kentucky University, Criminal Justice Masters

Old Dominion University, Criminology and Criminal Justice

Northern Arizona University, Criminology and Criminal Justice

George Mason, Criminology, Law and Society

George Mason, Social Entrepreneurship

George Mason, The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

George Mason, Social Justice and Human Rights

Eastern Mennonite University, Center for Justice & Peacebuilding

Georgetown, Department of Government

American University, School of International Service

University of Arkansas, Clinton School of Public Service

George Washington University, Political Science

APSA, List of PHD Programs, Political Science

ASU, School of Social Transformation

ASU, Justice Studies

University of Michigan, Diversity and Social Justice (M.A.)

University College, London, Social Justice and Education (M.A.)

University of Colorado, Denver, Social Justice

Loyola, Social Justice (M.A.)


General Resources

JMU's Career Career Center: Preparing for Grad School

PCDN Guide to Ph.D. Programs in Conflict Resolution and Related Fields

The Princeton Review Graduate School Resources

US News and World Report


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