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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. 

Program Highlights

  • Ranked No. 3 by U.S. News & World Report  for criminal justice online master’s programs, 2023
  • Competitively priced
  • Scholarships available to all students
  • Delivered completely online
  • Classes taught by full-time faculty
  • Personal attention in small cohorts
  • Research opportunities with faculty members
  • Complete your degree in 2 years

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 half day orientation before the program starts to get to know your cohort members and faculty. The program has been designed specifically for prospective doctoral students, working professionals and college graduates interested in the advanced study of criminology and criminal justice.


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.