Alpha Phi Sigma

Alpha Phi Sigma: National Criminal Justice Honor Society

Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, recognizes scholastic achievement and excellence by undergraduate and graduate students in the criminal justice sciences and related fields. The mission of Alpha Phi Sigma is to promote critical thinking, rigorous scholarship and life-long learning; to keep abreast of the advances in scientific research; to elevate the ethical standards of the criminal justice professions; and to sustain in the public mind the benefit and necessity of education and professional training.

Membership Qualifications

  • Justice or Legal Studies major or minor
  • At least 40 earned credits
  • At least 12 credits in Justice or Legal Studies courses
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.20
  • GPA in Justice or Legal Studies courses of at least 3.20

UAA APS Chapter Advisor

Ryan Fortson, J.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Advantages of Membership

  • Awards, grants, and scholarships
  • Distinctive honor for letters of recommendation, resumes, and employment applications
  • Graduate school, career, and professional networking opportunities
  • Qualifies for GS-7 level occupations in the United States government
  • Research opportunities and paper competitions
  • Participation in the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences 
  • Membership is for life
  • For more Benefits of Membership click here

How to Apply

  • Check to make sure that you meet all of the membership qualifications.
  • Applications should be submitted prior to the submittal of an Application for Graduation with the Office of the Registrar. Students must officially become Alpha Phi Sigma members before the end of the semester in which they intend to graduate.
  • Print an unofficial copy of your transcript.
      • Highlight all Justice, Legal Studies, and Paralegal Studies courses.
      • At the top of your transcript, list the number of qualified courses and credits that have been completed.
      • At the top of your transcript, list the total number of college credits that have been earned.
      • Compute your major GPA (see GPA Calculator) and submit a printed copy with your application.
  •  Complete and submit an APS application to your local chapter advisor, Prof. Ryan Fortson, J.D., Ph.D.
      • All applications MUST be typed using this form:  Alpha Phi Sigma Application Form
      • Submit completed form with cashier's check or money order payable to ALPHA PHI SIGMA for fees to the local chapter advisor for verification and signature.  Cash or personal checks cannot be accepted.
      • Applications that are handwritten or missing required fees will not be processed.
  • Students cannot apply directly to the national office.
  • Please allow 4-8 weeks to process membership applications. 

About Your Local Chapter

  • The Omega Xi Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma at the University of Alaska Anchorage was chartered on January 21, 1980. The Omega Xi Chapter invites eligible Justice students to apply for membership in the society. Alpha Phi Sigma was founded in January 1942 at Washington State University by Dr. V.A. Leonard and seven majors in the Police Science program Dr. Leonard had established at Washington State the previous year. 
  • Eligible students will be identified each spring semester and invited to join APS. However, students are allowed to discuss their own qualifications for membership with the Local Chapter Advisor without prior notification.
  • The induction ceremony takes place in the spring semester.
  • Omega Xi By-laws
  • Alpha Phi Sigma Flyer
  • For more information about Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, visit their website at
  • Contact your UAA chapter advisor's office (786-1810) to place an order for graduation regalia.  The current form will be emailed to you.