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General questions prior to applying can be directed to our Graduate Recruiters.

Once you have applied, questions about the application process should then be directed to our Graduate Processors.

Graduate Recruiters: Located in the Multidisciplinary Studies Building 4.01.52

Office Hours: 8 A.M. - 5 P.M.

Monday, Wendesday and Friday - virtual office hours
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Email: Grad.Recruitment@utsa.edu
Phone: (210) 458-4331
Fax: (210) 458-4332

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Graduate Processors: Located in the Flawn Sciences Building 1.01.05

Office Hours: 8 A.M.–12 P.M.

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Email: Graduate.admissions@utsa.edu
Phone: (210) 458-
Fax: (210) 458-

Send Official Transcripts to: graduate.documents@utsa.edu

Unofficial Transcripts and Other Documents for Spring 2022 can be Uploaded here! (requires UTSA
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Criminology and Criminal Justice (M.S.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice is designed to provide students with competency in research, policy planning, evaluation, agency management, and preparation for continued graduate study in criminal justice and criminology. The program assists students to develop and apply research expertise toward the resolution of contemporary justice practice and policy issues. 

Why pursue an M.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice?

  • Broaden career opportunities in criminal justice and criminology
  • Advancement in current job
  • Prepare for a Ph.D. if interested in teaching or research
  • Develop skills (writing, research, critical thinking, problem solving, public speaking)
  • Network with a group of like-minded students
  • Smaller classes with more individualized attention from faculty

Admission Prerequisites:

 Required Degree Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice or 18 hours in Criminal Justice, Criminology, or a closely-related discipline, or professional experience in the justice system
Other Degree Requirements  None.
Application Requirements:
The Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice reviews applications on a rolling batch process. They review applications received from the Graduate School approximately every two months.
 General University Requirements Must meet university wide requirements.
 Application A completed a Graduate School application.
 Transcripts* Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English. *Official transcripts are required to process applications for this program.
 Resume or Curriculum Vitae A resume.
 Letters of Recommendation Two letters of recommendation.
 Statement of Purpose A personal statement.
Test Scores Not required.
 Evaluation of Foreign Credentials

All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America

  • An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
  • Foreign credential evaluations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be processed.
  • Foreign Credentials Service of America in Austin, TX is the only accepted evaluation agency. They can be reached at (512) 459-8429, info@foreigncredentials.org, or online at https://www.foreigncredentials.org/our-services/apply-now/.
  • If you need a request form, please visit the FCSA website to access the form here.
 International Applicants Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
  • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
  • TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.


Career Options Available

Our graduates have been employed by various agencies, including the Department of Public Safety, Adult and Juvenile Probation Department, Innovative Practice in Delinquent Procedure, FBI, US Marshalls, and the San Antonio Police Department. Additional students have been admitted to doctoral programs and others have been hired as adjunct faculty. Graduate Research Assistant Positions

Students admitted to the program can apply for a graduate research assistantship within the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Students may work up to 19 hours per week. GRAs must be in good academic standing and maintain a 3.0 GPA while being enrolled in 6 credit hours (2 graduate classes) per semester. Interested students should contact the Graduate Advisor of Record for an application once admitted to the program.

Faculty Research Areas

Faculty research areas include:

Courts and sentencing Juvenile delinquency Life course criminology Community corrections Legal issues Restorative and community justice School bullying Criminological theory Violence Biosocial criminology Evolutionary psychology Juvenile justice Gangs Race and ethnicity in criminal justice Victimization Environmental criminology Policing Corrections Crime prevention.

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Megan Augustyn, Ph.D.
Email Address:megan.augustyn@utsa.edu
Telephone: (210) 458-2976

Degree Website: https://hcap.utsa.edu/criminal-justice/programs/master-of-science-in-criminology-and-criminal-justice/

Degree Catalog Link: https://catalog.utsa.edu/graduate/publicpolicy/criminaljustice/#degreestext

Funding Opportunities

Please visit the department webpage for scholarship information by clicking here.

Course Scheduling and Offerings

All graduate courses for the Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice are offered in the evening at the UTSA Downtown Campus.