alpha phi sigma

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
Advantages of Membership
How to Apply
Contact Advisor



Alpha Phi Sigma 2011 Induction Ceremony


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
  • See "How to Apply"
  • Alpha Phi Sigma Application Form (editable form must be typed)

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.
  • 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 and should list Omega Xi Chapter as the local chapter name and include the chapter advisor contact information (see Alpha Phi Sigma Application Form).
    • Completed applications must be submitted with all membership fees to the local chapter advisor for verification and signature. Students cannot apply directly to the national office.
  • Secure a $50 Money Order or Cashier's Check payable to ALPHA PHI SIGMA HEADQUARTERS and include the payment with your application. Cash and Personal Checks will NOT be accepted.
  • Please allow 4-8 weeks to process membership applications. 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.
  • Applications that are handwritten or missing required fees will not be processed.


History of Alpha Phi Sigma

  • 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. The first Constitution and By-Laws were drafted under Glenn Hill, the society's first president.
  • For several years Alpha Phi Sigma experienced only limited growth, but on March 24, 1975, through unanimous vote of its executive board, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) granted Alpha Phi Sigma affiliate status. Alpha Phi Sigma at the time had only fourteen chapters, but since has grown rapidly and now has over 140 chapters throughout the United States.
  • Since 1978, Alpha Phi Sigma has held its national convention in conjunction with the annual ACJS meeting. The Academy's continued support of Alpha Phi Sigma serves to enhance Alpha Phi Sigma's purpose -- the recognition of scholarly achievement in the field of the criminal justice. Alpha Phi Sigma was admitted to the Association of College Honor Societies as an associate member in 1981.
  • For more information about Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, visit their website at

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.
  • 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 a Local Chapter Advisor without prior notification.
  • The induction ceremony takes place in the spring semester.
  • Omega Xi By-laws
  • Alpha Phi Sigma Flyer
  • Contact your chapter advisor to place an order for graduation regalia

UAA APS Chapter Advisor

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