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Criminal Investigations Degree Programs in Arlington, TX

Oct 27, 2018

Arlington Criminal Investigation Schools

Criminal investigation training can be found within criminal justice programs, and students in the Arlington area can pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees in the field. Read about the required coursework and topics in the programs at three colleges. This article also includes a table of stats on the schools as well as some details on additional college options in the area.

  • Tarrant County College, which is in the Fort Worth area about 16 miles from central Arlington, offers an associate's degree in criminal justice.
  • Located in the city's center, the University of Texas at Arlington features bachelor's and master's degrees in criminology and criminal justice.
  • Students at the University of Texas at Dallas can pursue a criminology degree at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. The campus is situated roughly 37 miles from downtown Arlington.

Comparison of Schools

After exploring the degree options, look at the table below to get details about the three schools themselves. Facts on tuition rates, acceptance rates and student enrollment might make a difference in which institution stands out to you.

Tarrant County College University of Texas at Arlington University of Texas at Dallas
School Type 2-year; public 4-year; public 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 52,957* 46,497* 27,642*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Midsize city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $1,593 in-district; $2,862 in-state; $6,885 out-of-state* $9,952 in-state; $25,152 out-of-state* $11,528 in-state; $29,656 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016) 65%* 85%* 74%*
Acceptance Rate (2016) N/A - Open admissions 71%* 76%*
Retention Rate (2017) 64% full-time* 71% full-time* 88% full-time*
Graduation Rate 20% (students who began study in 2014)* 50% (students who began study in 2011)* 69% (students who began study in 2011)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Tarrant County College

Tarrant County College has five campuses in the area and offers career training and transfer opportunities. The 2-year community college also provides continuing education and workforce services training. Those interested in criminal investigative procedures can take classes on the subject through a degree program in criminal justice.

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

In addition to a wide range of required and elective courses in criminal justice, students in this 2-year associate's degree program must complete liberal-arts courses in areas such as government, sociology and communications. Criminal justice courses cover investigation topics in fingerprint identification and classification, crime scene sketches, legal rules of trial evidence and investigation ethics.

University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington provides more than 180 degrees through its colleges and schools. The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice offers bachelor's and master's degree programs that feature courses about the investigative process.

Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Prospective students who want to earn this degree can choose between a traditional, classroom-based format and a program offered entirely online. The 4-year coursework for both formats is similar, requiring liberal-arts courses in areas such as political science, cultural studies and English, in addition to a large criminal justice core. Undergraduate requirements and electives in criminal investigation include crime scene investigation, forensics, forensic death investigation, criminal procedure and criminological research.

Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice

This 2-year graduate program is designed for both pre-professional students and law or safety professionals looking for advanced training in criminal investigation. Master's degree candidates can earn the degree with or without an original research thesis. Course topics, which are grounded in statistics and research, include an advanced look at judicial processes, post-conviction investigative techniques and race issues.

University of Texas at Dallas

The University of Texas at Dallas offers more than 140 programs in areas such as the arts, behavioral sciences, economics, engineering, interdisciplinary studies, management and mathematics. Criminology programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels are available through the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.

Bachelor of Arts in Criminology

Students enrolled in this program are required to complete 120 credits; 63 credits are within the major. Courses teach students about criminal behavior, crime prevention, law enforcement and corrections. The curriculum also ensures that students have an understanding of criminal and juvenile law, crime and civil liberties, violence and gun control, violent crime, theories of justice and crime justice policy.

A fast-track program is available for students who have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. Students on this track are able to complete 15 graduate-level credits during their senior year, which count toward the bachelor's and master's degree.

Master of Science in Criminology

The Master of Science in Criminology focuses on the theoretical aspects of crime and prepares students for research and managerial positions in criminal justice. Students are required to complete 36 hours of coursework. Required courses include crime and justice policy, the etiology of crime and a seminar in criminology. Electives offer training in victimology, policing, crime prevention and qualitative criminology. An online program is also available for current professionals working in the field.

PhD in Criminology

The doctoral program in criminology is designed for students who want to work in academia. Including the 36 credits required in the master's degree program, students must complete 75 credits in the PhD curriculum and a 9-credit dissertation. Courses required only of PhD students include criminology theory, criminology research/analysis and the extent of crime and measurement.

Other Schools

Students who're interested in learning about criminal investigation might want to check out some additional schools in the Arlington area. Fort Worth, less than 20 miles west of Arlington, is home to Texas Wesleyan University, a private, United Methodist school with about 3,200 students, and Texas Christian University, which has about 9,500 students and is also a private, faith-based institution. Both of these schools feature bachelor's degree programs in criminal justice that include studies in forensic investigation, criminology and criminal justice research.

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