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AddRan College of Liberal Arts

Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice

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Master’s Program

Our Master of Science in Criminology & Criminal Justice 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.

This 2-year program offers students an engaging online learning environment and direct access to TCU professors — in a completely online format that will allow you earn an advanced degree while balancing your obligations to work and family. 

What You Can Expect

You’ll develop and apply the analytic skills needed for examining contemporary criminal justice issues, analyzing existing research and informing policy. Our courses integrate published research, empirical data and the personal experiences of instructors and students in the criminal justice field. You’ll learn with classmates and instructors from an array of backgrounds for a rich, interactive academic environment for those with or without a background in criminal justice and criminology.


Online to Maximize Your Time

Our program is 100% online except for a two-day orientation that includes classroom instruction and library research. The program has been designed specifically for prospective doctoral students, working professionals and college graduates interested in the advanced study of criminal justice and criminology.


Tuition & Financial Aid

Our program is competitively priced, using a different tuition rate than TCU's undergraduate offerings. Tuition-based scholarships are available that can cover up to 30 percent of the program’s tuition costs. Additionally, federal student aid may be available when you submit 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 criminology and criminal justice graduate program are fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The program can accept 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.