alpha phi sigma membership


membership requirements


Undergraduate students in the criminal justice field; must maintain at least a 3.4 overall GPA on a scale of 
4.0.  Students must also have completed a minimum of 12 hours of course work within the criminal justice field. 


Students must be enrolled in a masters or PhD program in the criminal justice field; have completed a minimum of 12 hours of graduate work, or equivalent; have a 3.4 GPA or higher, on at 4.0 scale.

juris doctorate

Students enrolled in law school, having completed one academic year, with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, on a scale of 4.0. 

how to apply

How to apply for membership:

All students applying for full membership must follow the directions below:

Submit a completed APS application for membership (found below), submit a completed APS background questionnaire (found below), submit a current copy of current ASU unofficial transcripts.

Application Deadlines:

Applications for the Spring 2018 semester will be accepted until Monday, February 5, 2018.  

Students who miss this deadline will have to wait until the Fall application period to apply for membership. Applications sent outside of the application window will not be accepted or reviewed.

Application Process:


Undergraduate Students: Must have completed a minimum of 36 college credits that have been completed at ASU or transferred and accepted by ASU including a minimum of 12 credits in criminal justice or justice studies. All credits must have been obtained with a 3.4 GPA or higher in order to be considered. Students must have a minimum 3.4 overall GPA.  Students must apply prior to their graduating semester.

Graduate Students: Must have a minimum of a 3.4 GPA or higher and have completed 12 or more graduate level credits in criminal justice. Students must apply prior to their graduating semester.

Law Students: Must have a 2.5 GPA or higher.

All applicants must complete the APS Application for membership along with the background questionnaire. Applications must be filled out and submitted in their current format and are not to be copy and pasted to an email or altered. Applicants must submit their APS application for membership, APS background questionnaire, and a copy of their current unofficial ASU transcripts electronically via email and a hard-copy via mail or dropped off with the ASU Criminal Justice Department. All applicants must submit an $80 membership fee with their hard-copy application packet. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Applicants may be detained membership.

Note: The APS application fee/dues are $80. This is the only fee. Payment is to be submitted with your application. Payment will be returned if your application is denied. 

Applications must be dropped off or mailed to:

Arizona State University

School of Criminology and Criminal Justice                                                                 

Alpha Phi Sigma                                                                                                           

411 N. Central Avenue, Suite 600                                                                                

Phoenix, AZ 85004

*In order for an application to be considered complete, it must include:

  • All transcripts.
  • Completed Background Questionnaire
  • Completed Application for Membership
  • $80 member dues/application fee
  • Supplemental statements to background questionnaire
  • Must be received by both email and mail/in-person by deadline
  • Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing

membership benefits

Why should local and online students join Alpha Phi Sigma's local chapter?

  • Alpha Phi Sigma provides national recognition for academic excellence in criminal justice, an honor in which can be noted on employment applications, vitae, and resumes. 
  • Alpha Phi Sigma provides awards, grants, and scholarships to its student members, faculty advisors, and chapters annually. These apply to both local and online students.
  • Members receive a membership certificate, pin, and card and through chapter mailings, copies of The Docket, the official Honor Society’s publication. 
  • Alpha Phi Sigma provides a local and national forum for obtaining information and developing perspectives about the field of criminal justice, learning about educational career opportunities, and forming meaningful professional networks. 
  • Alpha Phi Sigma chapter activities provide students with valuable opportunities to develop one-on-one relationships with professors who can stimulate their interest in criminal justice, involve them in research projects, and write meaningful letters of recommendation for them.
  • Membership in Alpha Phi Sigma meets one of the requirements for entrance at the GS-7 level in numerous professional and technical occupations in the United States government.
  • Each local chapter contains four elected officer positions (President, Vice-president, Secretary and Treasurer).  The National Officers are elected annually at the National Convention.  The National convention can be a valuable experience in its own right.  There you will get to meet with fellow APS members from across the nation.  Since APS holds its National Conference in conjunction with the Academy of Criminal Justice Science Meeting, there is also the opportunity to meet professionals in the field. Valuable information can be gained from many lectures given, as well as possible graduate programs of interest. There is also a chance to make valuable contacts, which may prove to be beneficial in the future.
  • Membership is for life. The national registration fee is $70 and the local chapter fee is $10.  Therefore you only pay $80 for a lifetime membership.  This is the only payment ever made to national headquarters. The payment must be made in the form of a cashiers check or personal money order, after you have been approved by the chapter advisor.
  • Regalia is another great way to display your accomplishments at graduation ceremonies. Please check the qualifications and deadlines pertaining to this benefit and we look forward to experiencing the organization with potential and current members.