Comparison of Corrections Schools in Fort Worth
Students in the Fort Worth area can pursue corrections training within criminal justice programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This article looks at three public and private schools that are less than a 20-minute drive from downtown. It also features a table that showcases important information for prospective students, such as enrollment and costs.
- Tarrant County College, just two miles from downtown, offers an associate's degree in criminal justice.
- Texas Christian University (TCU) is around four miles from the heart of Fort Worth. TCU has criminal justice bachelor's and master's degree programs with corrections courses.
- Students can also find a criminal justice bachelor's program at the University of Texas at Arlington. This school is about 18 miles from downtown Fort Worth.
Comparison of Schools
There are a number of factors students must consider when choosing a college. The following table offers a convenient method of comparing schools, giving students a useful tool to use in making a decision.
|Tarrant County College||Texas Christian University||University of Texas at Arlington|
|School Type||Two-year; public||Four-year; private, not-for-profit||Four-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||52,957||10,489||46,497|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*||$1,593 in-district; $2,862 in-state; $6,885 out-of-state||$44,760||$9,952 in-state; $25,152 out-of-state|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||65%||80%||85%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||N/A - open admissions||41%||71%|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||64% of full-time students; 50% of part-time students||91% of full-time students; 100% of part-time students||71% of full-time students; 55% of part-time students|
|Graduation Rate *||20%; 21% transfer-out rate (students beginning in 2014)||83%; 14% transfer-out rate (students beginning in 2011)||50%; 31% transfer-out rate (students beginning in 2011)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Tarrant County College
The Public Service/Public Safety Division within the college offers a few programs in the field of criminal justice. In addition to an associate's degree in criminal justice, students can pursue a peace officer certificate and a security management occupational skills award.
Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice
The criminal justice associate's degree combines general education requirements with core coursework in the field. The correctional systems and practice course can give students an understanding of the role of corrections, institutional operations and rehabilitation and treatment methods. Additional coursework covers topics in criminal law, juvenile justice, police systems, law enforcement and criminal investigations. During a student's final semester, he or she is also required to complete a criminal justice capstone course, with one option focused on contemporary issues in criminal justice and the other option being an internship.
Texas Christian University
Students at Texas Christian University (TCU) have the opportunity to pursue a criminal justice bachelor's or master's degree through the College of Liberal Arts.
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice is a 124-credit program that teaches students about the different aspects of the criminal justice system, including the courts, law enforcement and corrections. The curriculum covers topics in criminology, courts and judicial process. Students also have an opportunity to focus on the research methodologies involved in the criminal justice system. The corrections courses available at TCU examine correctional programs and the reintegration of offenders into a community setting.
Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology
Students enrolled in this program have the option of pursuing thesis or non-thesis study plans. The non-thesis option requires that students complete a six-credit research project. The program requires the completion of 36 credits and features courses covering the criminal justice system, criminology theory, statistics and probability, policing, the courts and legal procedures. Students are also required to complete a corrections and re-entry course. This two-year program is offered completely online, with the exception of a week-long orientation class.
University of Texas at Arlington
Students who want to earn a bachelor's degree in criminal justice have the option of completing the program on-campus or online. Criminal justice-related certificates in crime analysis, crime scene technology, law enforcement administration and legal studies are also available, as is a master's degree program.
Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice
The bachelor's degree in criminal justice is offered through the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and focuses on the criminal justice system, human behavior and policy implications. Students take courses in the judicial and criminal justice system, law enforcement, private security, police and community, criminal behavior, criminal justice administration and juvenile justice. The program also features coursework in institutional corrections and legal issues in corrections.