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Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice

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Master’s Program

The TCU Master of Science in Criminal Justice & Criminology is a nationally-ranked distance-learning program designed for working professionals, prospective doctoral students, and college graduates interested in the advanced study of criminal justice and criminology. The fixed two-year program offers students an engaging online learning environment, direct access to TCU professors and all rights and privileges of on-campus students.


About the Program

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.


Online, On Your Time

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.


Tuition & Financial Aid

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.


State Authorization & SARA Membership

TCU and the criminal justice and criminology graduate program is fully accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The program accepts students from every state as part of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). 

Information for Distance Learning Students

Please note that this program is not intended for educational preparation for a specific career path or civil service exam.