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
| 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
| General University Requirements
||Must meet university wide requirements.
||A completed a Graduate School application.
||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
| Letters of Recommendation
||Two letters of recommendation.
| Statement of Purpose
||A personal statement.
| 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, firstname.lastname@example.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.
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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.