Become a member of Alpha Phi Sigma!


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 packet (found below).

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

4. Submit 150.00 membership dues



Application Deadlines:

  • Applications for the Fall 2019 semester will be accepted from Monday June 3rd to Friday August 30th. 
  • Students who miss the Fall 2019 deadline will have to wait until the Spring 2020 application period to apply for membership. We do not accept applications for the Summer term.


Application Process:

  • Review all directions and requirements on both the Application and the Background Packet
  • Complete the APS Application for Membership (view an example application by clicking PDF iconhere).
  • FileComplete the APS Backgroud Packet (click here for the PDF iconPDF version). 
  • Submit the completed APS Background Packet and Application for Membership.
  • Submit a current copy of ASU unofficial transcripts.
  • Submit $150.00 member dues. *Fee is for both students who are local and out-of-state.
  • Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing.  *Applications received by June 24th will be processed by July 5th. Applications received after June 24th and by July 15th will be processed by August 1st. Any applications subitted in August will be reviewed / processed after the August 30th deadline. 

*New versions of the forms have been posted! Please submit the provided forms.



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 cumulative 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 two semesters in order to join and 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 two semesters in order to join and 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 two semesters in order to join and receive regalia for commencement.


*All applicants must complete the APS Application for membership along with the Background Packet. Applicants must submit their APS Application for membership, the APS Background Packet, and a copy of their current unofficial ASU transcripts electronically via email AND a hard-copy via mail or dropped off at the ASU Criminology & Criminal Justice Department. All applicants must submit a $150.00 membership fee, along with their application materials. Only personal/cashier checks and money orders will be accepted. Incomplete applications will not be processed.


Note: The APS application fee/dues are $150.00. 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:

Criminology & Criminal Justice Department

Attn: Alpha Phi Sigma

411 N. Central Ave., Ste. 600

Phoenix, AZ 85004


Emailed to:


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.