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Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology


The Department of Criminal Justice offers a Master of Science degree in criminal justice and criminology. This online graduate program emphasizes independent research and analytic thinking in examining topics and issues related to the study of crime and the criminal justice system.

Students apply analytic skills developed in the courses to examine contemporary criminal justice issues, analyze existing research and inform policy. Courses will integrate published research, empirical data, and the personal experiences of instructors and students in the criminal justice field. Students and instructors with a variety of criminal justice backgrounds and experiences provide a rich and interactive learning environment for those with or without a background in the criminal justice and criminology.

The program is offered exclusively online with the exception of a two-day orientation that includes classroom instruction and library research. The program is designed for prospective doctoral students, working professionals and college graduates interested in the advanced study of criminal justice and criminology.

The program is competitively priced. Further, tuition-based scholarships are available and can cover up to 30 percent of the program’s tuition costs. Please contact us to learn more. In addition, students may obtain federal student aid by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid form directly to the U.S. Department of Education. Students with military backgrounds may qualify for additional assistance, such as the GI Bill. For more information, please visit the TCU Office of Financial Aid.

Graduate Catalog


Admission Requirements

For unconditional admission, applicants should satisfactorily meet the following requirements set by TCU:

  • A bachelor’s degree in from an institution regarded as standard by the University and a regional accrediting agency.
  • A “B” average in either the last 60 hours of undergraduate work or in all undergraduate work.
  • A “B” average in the major field

The Department of Criminal Justice also requires the following from each applicant:

  • A personal statement of no more than 3 pages (750 words) describing the applicant’s academic and professional objectives.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Application fee
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The Master’s in Criminal Justice Program application deadline is April 1.

Individuals who do not meet these requirements may be accepted conditionally, in accordance with TCU policy and with the approval of the Department Chair or Program Director and AddRan Dean. Please see the TCU student handbook for more information. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program and it is up to the discretion of the Department Chair and faculty to select applicants for admission. The department will consider qualified majors in other fields and can take into account life and career experience for admissions.

Send one official university transcript to:
TCU Department of Criminal Justice Graduate Program
TCU Box 298720
Fort Worth, TX 76129