• A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent;

  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 from the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) or a graduate GPA of at least 3.30 for 12 semester credit hours at a recognized graduate school;

  • Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);

  • For students entering from a foreign university, evidence of English proficiency (i.e., Test of English as a Foreign Language) and financial resources.

Application procedures

Submit your application by January 10th (for summer or fall enrollment) or July 1st (for spring enrollment) to ensure priority consideration. Submit application materials to the Washington State University Graduate School:

Graduate School
Washington State University
PO Box 641030
Pullman, WA 99164-1030 

You will receive email confirmation from the Department upon receipt of each item submitted as part of your application. Your application will be reviewed and the admission decision made upon receipt of all application materials. Admission standards conform to the requirements of the WSU Graduate School.

A complete file contains

  • A complete application, including application fee. Apply on-line—be sure to indicate "Spokane campus" on your application.

  • A letter of intent and introduction, outlining areas of interest in Criminal Justice, career objectives, and any academic or professional experiences that recommend you as an applicant.

  • Three original letters of recommendation from persons qualified to speak to your academic qualifications and potential. References will be contacted automatically through the online application system and asked to submit a recommendation form electronically. These letters are used to help assess the quality of your academic and work experiences.

  • Official copies of transcripts (including all colleges or universities from which you have earned or expect to earn a degree, and all colleges or universities at which you have taken graduate level course work; transcripts for coursework taken at Washington State University are not required). Official transcripts are those mailed directly from the registrar of the institution(s) you attended.

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores submitted to WSU. Scores must be less than five years old.

    • When taking the GRE, indicate Washington State University as a score recipient. WSU school code is 4705; there is no department code. If you did not indicate WSU when you took the test, you will need to contact ETS to request a score report to be sent to WSU. To request additional GRE score reports, call: 1.888.473.7267.

  • Official TOEFL score (for international applicants)

    • In the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, or Canada: 1.888.863.3544. Outside these areas: 609.771.7267. www.toefl.org


For assistance or more information regarding the application process, please contact Noelle Beets at nbeets@wsu.edu.


Welcome to the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at WSU. As our department continues to expand, the number of undergraduate majors continues to grow, as do the number of students in our online BA and online MA programs. We are offering more classes than ever before, and they are all filled to the brim.

Department faculty have continued an extremely ambitious research program. The Washington State Institute for Criminal Justice continues to collaborate with the Washington Department of Corrections and other state agencies, the Spokane-based Simulated Hazardous Operational Tasks Lab and Sleep & Performance Research Center continues its sponsored research, and department faculty are actively engaged with the Spokane Criminal Justice Commission. Faculty and graduate students presented their research at several conferences, including the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences conference, the American Society of Criminology conference, and the Western Association of Criminal Justice conference.

There have been some changes in the department recently. We welcomed new faculty, staff, and family members. Dr. David Brody stepped down as Department Chair, and he was replaced by Dr. Craig Hemmens (me!).

I have very large shoes to fill, as David has led the department since it was still “just” a program within the Department of Political Science. As the first chair of the newly configured Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, David was tasked with creating new policies and procedures and any number of other tasks. He did his job well, and we all very much appreciate his four years of service in this role. He is looking forward to returning to a full-time faculty position, which will allow him to work more closely with graduate students on research projects. I, on the other hand, am looking forward to serving as department chair for the next few years. I have only been at WSU since August, but I have been just amazed by the productivity and collegiality of everyone in the department. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with all these talented and dedicated people, and to be able to help continue the department’s development.

Craig Hemmens, JD, PhD
Professor and Chair


Spokane is a moderately-sized city of approximately 200,000 people (436,000 in Spokane County). It is big enough to support numerous arts organizations and small enough that rush hour traffic might entail waiting at the same light twice.

An affordable place to hang your hat

Whether you intend to rent or buy, Spokane is a relatively affordable city. Rental housing is plentiful, and rents for one bedroom apartments range roughly (depending on neighborhood and amenities) from $450–$650/month. Rental listings can be found at The Spokesman-Review and Craig's List. You can find more information about area rentals on our housing page as well as housing tips from WSU Spokane students.

Things to do

Spokane is a wonderful place to live if you like both indoor and outdoor recreation. We have a wealth of theater and arts organizations that offer entertainments ranging from traveling Broadway shows to local productions to seat-of-your-pants improvisation.

Museums, galleries, comedy clubs, music venues, sports, festivals, street fairs, and a wealth of restaurants offer leisure opportunities for the young and old. You can find a searchable events calendar at Spokane7.

Spokane also serves as the perfect jumping-off point to reach any of the region's many clear lakes, national forests, and ski resorts for four-season recreation.

Getting there

Spokane Transit provides bus service to the greater Spokane area, including Cheney, Spokane International Airport, Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake. The closer your origination or destination point is to downtown Spokane, the more bus routes—both in variety and frequency—are available. WSU Spokane is one mile from downtown, and is served by STA bus route #29, with bus route #25 passing within two blocks of campus.

Many Spokanites choose to commute by bicycle. There are many secondary arterial and residential streets that provide convenient bicycle routes to the WSU Spokane campus and downtown. Spokane bicyclists also enjoy the Centennial Trail, a 37 mile trail that winds through downtown Spokane and along the edge of our campus.

Depending on where you live in Spokane, you can find all necessary goods and services within an easy walk. Many older in-city neighborhoods boast supermarkets, drugstores, coffee shops, and a variety of specialty retail stores within a one-mile walk.

WSU Health Sciences Spokane Campus

The WSU Spokane Campus is one mile from both downtown Spokane and Riverfront Park—a gorgeous 100-acre urban park. Our campus is a stone's throw from the Spokane River, minutes from Interstate 90, and is at the heart of the City of Spokane's new University District.

WSU Spokane was established in 1989 as the urban research campus of Washington State University, a land-grant research university founded in 1890. The Riverpoint Campus is composed of eight buildings. The buildings include:


You can find more information about visiting our campus here.


You've submitted a complete application package and have been accepted. Congratulations! What now?

First and foremost, get in contact with us and confirm your intent to pursue your graduate degree in Criminal Justice at WSU Spokane. You can do this by getting in touch with the Graduate Advisor, Dr. Faith Lutze, or Graduate Coordinator, Noelle Beets by phone, email or postal mail as soon as possible. Likewise, if you have been accepted and do not intend to come here to study, notification of your intent is appreciated.

Next, schedule an initial advising appointment with Dr. Faith Lutze. You can look up information on our course offerings.

After you have had your initial advising appointment and paid your tuition deposit, you are free to register for classes. You can do so on myWSU. The first time you visit ZZUsis, you will need to create a user name and password (you will need your student ID number to be able to do this).

Books and supplies for classes can be purchased at The Bookie.


Noelle Beets
Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: 509-335-8611

Azra Rasic
Spokane Grants & Contracts Coordinator
Phone: 509-358-7950

Academic Center, Suite 401


Criminal Justice, WSU Spokane
PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495


Criminal Justice, WSU Spokane
412 E Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99202