2021-22 Graduate Catalog


Criminal Justice

The Department of Criminal Justice offers the Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology. This 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 will 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 the instructors and students in the criminal justice field. Students and instructors with a variety of backgrounds and experiences in the criminal justice field will provide a rich and interactive learning environment for those with or without a background in criminal justice. The program is offered exclusively online, with the exception of a one-day orientation that includes some classroom instruction. It is designed for prospective doctoral students, working professionals and college graduates interested in the advanced study of criminal justice and criminology. 

Admission Requirements

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

  • A bachelor’s degree 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 250 words describing academic and professional objectives
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A non-refundable application fee

Individuals who do not meet these requirements may be accepted conditionally, in accordance with TCU policy and with the approval of the program director. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program; it is up to the discretion of the program director 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.

Students not meeting minimum GPA requirements can be considered for admission with supplemental performance predictors such as career experience or, GRE exam scores (not required).

Application Deadlines

Application materials must be received by May 1 to be considered for full consideration.