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How to apply for membership:

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

1. Submit a completed APS application for membership (found below).

2. Submit a completed APS background questionnaire (found below).

3. Submit 120.00 ($130.00 for online/out-of-state members) membership dues.

4. Submit a current copy of all ASU unofficial transcripts.

Application Deadlines:

  • Applications for the Spring 2019 semester will be accepted from Monday January 7th to Friday March 1st. Applications before and after the deadline will not be accepted.
  • Students who miss this deadline will have to wait until the Fall 2019 application period to apply for membership.

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 and a minimum 3.4 criminal justice GPA. Students must apply prior to their graduating semester. Students must be a part of Alpha Phi Sigma for at least 2 semesters in order to receive regalia for commencement.

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. Students must be a part of Alpha Phi Sigma for at least 2 semesters in order to receive regalia for commencement.

Law Students: Must have a 2.5 GPA or higher. Students must apply prior to their graduating semester. Students must be a part of Alpha Phi Sigma for at least 2 semesters in order to receive regalia for commencement.


*All applicants must complete the APS Application for membership along with this questionnaire. Applicants must submit their APS application for membership, the APS background questionnaire, and a copy of their current unofficial ASU transcripts electronically via email and a hard-copy via mail or dropped off at the ASU Criminal Justice Department. All applicants must submit a $120.00 membership fee ($130.00 for online/out-of-state) along with their hard-copy application packet. Only personal/cashier checks and money orders will be accepted. Incomplete applications will not be processed.


Note: The APS application fee/dues are $120.00 ($130.00 for online/out-of-state). This is the only fee. Payment is to be submitted with your application. Partial payment will be returned if your application is denied (the amount will be determined by the organization).

Applications must be dropped off or mailed to:

Arizona State University

Attn: Alpha Phi Sigma

411 N. Central Ave, Suite 600

Phoenix, AZ 85004


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

  • All Unofficial Transcripts
  • Completed Background Questionnaire
  • Completed Application for Membership
  • $120.00 ($130.00 for online/out-of-state) member dues/application fee
  • Supplemental statements to background questionnaire, if applicable
  • Must be received by both email and mail/in-person by deadline
  • Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing (after the application deadline)


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
  • 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.