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Graduate FAQs

Q:  What is the cost of the graduate program?
A:  Our graduate program is priced competitively with other graduate programs.  For exact pricing, check out the Graduate Studies page.

Q:  Is financial aid available?
A:  Yes.  Tuition-based scholarships are available to qualified students that can reduce the current graduate student by up to 30%.  In addition, students can fill out a FAFSA for additional federal student aid and qualified military personnel can apply the G.I. Bill towards their tuition.

Q:  Can I transfer credits from other institutions?
A:  No.  This is a cohort-based program with fixed courses.

Q:  Who are your graduate students?
A:  Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from police officers of all ranks, federal agents, district attorneys, probation and parole officers to recent graduates with degrees from different disciplines looking to further their education and make industry connections.

Q:  I work full-time.  Am I going to have enough time to complete the program?
A:  Yes.  This distance learning program is designed with flexibility and convenience for working professionals from all over the country.  Besides a mandatory 2-day on-campus orientation, the rest of the program is entirely online.  Two courses are taken simultaneously, including over the summer.  Our TCUOnline platform even works on mobile devices.

Q:  What about my undergraduate grades?  Do I need to take the GRE?
A:  The GRE is optional and can be taken to compensate for the minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA.  The majority of students do not take the GRE.  Professional experience is also taken into account.

Year One


Introduction to Online Learning and Criminal Thought
Criminal Justice Systems


Advanced Criminological Theory
Social Sciences Statistics and Probability


Advanced Social Science Research Methodology
Research Writing

Applied Research and Policy 1 OR Thesis Option
Applied Research and Policy 2 OR Thesis Option

Year Two


Corrections and Reentry


White-Collar Crime
Courts, Law, and Legal Procedure