The Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) is a comprehensive program designed to prepare graduate students to actively participate in the development of knowledge in the areas of criminological theory, the administration of justice, ethics and legal studies. It is also designed to prepare students to conduct research in the field of study. The degree is especially beneficial for students already working in criminal justice system who seek to enhance their professional knowledge and skills as well as those who have full-time jobs as courses are scheduled primarily online. Also graduate students are given alternative options to complete the degree which include a non-thesis or thesis plan. Both the non-thesis and thesis plan require the completion of 36 total hours of coursework, 9 hours of which are devoted to the student's minor curriculum. Students may choose to minor in Sociology, Political Science, English, Public Administration, History or Spanish. The completion of the degree also requires students to successfully demonstrate their knowledge of course content in criminal jistice and in their minor coursework. Students must therefore successfully pass a comprehensive exam administered during the last semister of coursework.
Our program is the only graduate program in criminal justice at a public university in the south-central Texas region.