Criminal Justice Graduate Programs in Texas

A graduate degree in criminal justice provides students with many career paths. The master's programs at five schools in Texas are covered in this overview.

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Students with a master's degree in criminal justice can work as a police officer, a paralegal, a forensic technician, or a victims' rights advocate. Students can see if they are eligible to apply to one of the master's programs below.

School Comparison

Utilize this table to compare graduate tuition costs across five institutions.

Institution Location Graduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*
University of North Texas Denton, TX $7,165 (in-state) / $14,635 (out-of-state)
Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX $7,575 (in-state) / $15,045 (out-of-state)
University of Houston - Downtown Houston, TX $8,096 (in-state) / $14,666 (out-of-state)
Lamar University Beaumont, TX $8,112 (in-state) / $15,582 (out-of-state)
Angelo State University San Angelo, TX $6,507 (in-state) / $13,977 (out-of-state)

Source: *National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)

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Texas Colleges with Criminal Justice Graduate Programs

University of North Texas

The University of North Texas offers a Master of Science in Criminal Justice. The curriculum is intended to give students a thorough comprehension of the issues associated with crime, as well how the criminal justice system works. Students can complete on-campus classes that focus on theory and research or online classes that focus on justice policy and administration. On-campus students will need to complete a graduate school application with a personal statement and provide two recommendation letters and transcripts with a 3.0 GPA. The online program has the same requirements except for the GPA.

Sam Houston State University

Sam Houston State University has an online Master of Science in Criminal Justice program. The program takes two years to complete and is intended for students already in the criminal justice field that want to advance their careers. Students will need to complete thirty-six credit hours in order to graduate. The admissions process involves the following:

  • Graduate application
  • Non-refundable fee of $45
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcripts
  • If GPA requirement isn't met, students may have to provide their GRE scores.
  • Personal essay
  • Three recommendation letters

University of Houston - Downtown

Students can earn a Master of Science in Criminal Justice at the University of Houston - Downtown. Coursework revolves around criminological theory, criminal justice administration, and program evaluation, with a focus on statistical analysis and research methods. Students will need at least 36 coursework credits to graduate, including 18 hours of core classes and a minimum GPA of 3.0. They will need a bachelor's degree in criminal justice; however, students without one can complete prerequisite coursework in order to enroll in the program. Students will also need a 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours of their bachelor's degree. They will need to complete an application and an essay and submit their transcripts and three recommendation letters.

Lamar University

Lamar University has both a traditional and online program for their Master of Science in Criminal Justice. Core coursework for this program includes criminal justice leadership and theoretical foundations of crime control. Students will need to pass a five-hour written exam in order to graduate, with an oral exam required if needed. The university has an online application and requires that students submit their official bachelor's degree transcripts and GRE scores.

Angelo State University

Angelo State University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice is offered online in 8 or 16-week course formats, with some students completing the program in 18 months. Required coursework for this degree includes police in society, criminal justice theory, and critical analysis of justice administration. Students will need a bachelor's degree to apply. They must submit their undergraduate transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and an essay on the biggest challenge in the criminal justice system. Applicants will need an overall GPA of 2.75 or a 3.0 for the last 60 hours of their bachelor's degree coursework.

All of these institutions offer master's degrees in criminal justice. Students can determine if traditional, on-campus classes or online learning works best for them.

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