Rutgers School of Criminal Justice


The Office of Academic and Student Services is a vital link for all students enrolled in the School of Criminal Justice. The office staff is dedicated to supporting and advising all School of Criminal Justice students through various academic programs. Students needing information on any of the undergraduate or graduate programs are invited to visit the office.

Degree Requirements

The faculty of Newark College of Arts and Sciences, University College, the School of Criminal Justice, the Rutgers Business School, and the School of Public Affairs and Administration have approved reducing the credits needed to graduate from 124 credits to 120 credits.

This change will be effective September 1,2015. With the reduction of credits from 124 to 120, students will be eligible to graduate upon completion of the following requirements:

  • Core Curriculum
  • Major as outlined by their School and Academic Department (see CJ Major Requirements)
  • 2nd concentration outlined by their specific school
  • Minimum of 120 credits of course work

The process for applying graduation will remain the same.

All candidates for the graduation must complete a diploma application form online in order to be considered for graduation.

The deadline for applying is as follows:

Graduation Date Last term completed Submit on-line application by:
October Summer July 30th
January Fall October 15th
May Spring February 15th


 Only ONE Convocation Ceremony is held annually in May for ALL graduates (October, January and May). Unless the application is filed by the appropriate date, the degree is not conferred and graduation is delayed.

It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that all the graduation requirements of the college, including certification of the major, have been fully met well before the expected date of graduation. For a personal academic degree audit evaluation, please visit the  degree navigator.

To participate in a convocation ceremony, a student must have successfully completed all degree requirements. Inquiries concerning graduation may be directed to The Office of Academic & Student Services located in The School of Criminal Justice.

Click here to Apply.

If you should have questions about the change in policy, please visit Dean LaWanda Thomas and Ms. Alexandra Charles in the SCJ Office of Academic Programs and Student Services located in CLJ, room 578.


Office of Academic and Student Services – Contact Us: 

FALL 2015 Hours

  M, Th, F:              8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

  Tu, W:                  8:30 AM – 6:00 PM

For all undergraduate program questions: 

Alexandra Charles, Undergraduate Academic Advisor                          

T:   (973) 353-3029

Ms. LaWanda Thomas, Assistant Dean Academic and Student Services

T:   (973) 353-1300


Academic Services – Links and Information

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