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San Antonio Criminal Justice Universities with Program Summaries

There are about eight schools within 15 miles of San Antonio that have criminal justice programs. Read an overview of three schools' programs, requirements and admission information and find out which school is the right one for you.

San Antonio Criminal Justice Programs

There are eight schools within 15 minutes of downtown San Antonio that offer criminal justice programs. This article includes a table that compares important school information and covers the degrees offered by three schools. At the end is a paragraph covering other school options in the area.

  • San Antonio College is one of the closest community colleges to the downtown area, less than three miles from downtown. This school offers associate's degree programs in criminal justice.
  • Students looking for a private not-for-profit university that offers a bachelor's degree in criminal justice may want to consider Saint Mary's University, located about three miles from downtown.
  • Finally, about eight miles from the downtown region is the University of Texas at San Antonio, a public school which offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in criminal justice.

School Comparison

Tuition and school size may be an important factor when considering a criminal justice education. The following table compares tuition and other school attributes for the schools discussed in this article.

San Antonio College Saint Mary's University University of Texas at San Antonio
School Type 2-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 19,385* 3,649* 30,768*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $2,760 in-district; $7,170 in-state; $13,770 out-of-state* $29,300* $7,969 in-state; $19,168 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 67%* 97%* 83%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admissions 80%* 79%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 60% for full-time students; 43% for part-time students* 73%* 74% for full-time students; 49% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate 18% (24% transfer-out rate) (students who began in Fall 2014)* 63% (students who began in Fall 2011)* 37% (33% transfer-out rate) (students who began in Fall 2011)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

San Antonio College

Peace officer, law enforcement and correctional science are three specialization options available in the criminal justice program at this school.

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

The major courses for this 60-credit-hour associate's degree program cover police systems and practices, correctional practices and systems, criminal law fundamentals, and court systems and practices. This curriculum has received approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Additionally, this program should fulfill the requirements for the first two years of a bachelor's degree program in criminal justice at any public university in Texas.

Saint Mary's University

Students who are interested in getting involved in law might want to consider the pre-law option with the criminal justice and criminology degree programs.

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Legal topics in criminal justice, research methods in criminal justice, criminal justice ethics, international justice systems, criminal justice statistics, criminal justice administration and substantive criminal law, are all courses in the major's core curriculum. In addition to these core major requirements, students select several additional classes in criminal justice. A few of these courses cover topics such as correctional institutions, criminal justice statistics, policing issues, police-community relations and probation and parole. An internship is also recommended for students.

University of Texas at San Antonio

On campus, students have access to a criminal justice honor society called Alpha Phi Sigma.

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

The criminal justice portion of the program's coursework goes over substantive criminal law, criminological theory, investigations, police practices and corrections. From there, students also have to complete some non-core course requirements. These requirements include courses like violent crime, victimology, juvenile justice, restorative justice and forensic science.

Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology

Students in this program can apply their research to a real-world application in criminal justice practice. The program covers criminal justice agency management, policy planning and research. This master's degree program requires students to take courses on quantitative analysis, crime theory and justice policy, research methods and the formation and implementation of justice policy.

Other School Options

Our Lady of the Lake University - San Antonio is about four miles from downtown San Antonio and offers a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. In addition, around six miles away from San Antonio's downtown area is an alternative community college option with a criminal justice program: Saint Philip's College.


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