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Texas Criminal Justice Schools

  • 100 schools offering criminal justice degrees in Texas are in our database (see below).
  • Of the criminal justice programs in Texas, 67 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 51 offer bachelor’s degrees and above, and 22 offer master’s or doctoral degrees.
  • 8 schools offering online criminal justice degrees in Texas ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs: West Texas A & M University (#11), University of the Incarnate Word (#39), Lamar University (#58), Sam Houston State University (#72), University of North Texas (#86), University of Texas of the Permian Basin (#92), Texas Tech University (#100), Dallas Baptist University (#114).
  • 3 schools in Texas are on Kiplinger’s Best College Values: University of Texas at Austin (#13 in-state, #31 out-of-state), Texas Tech University (#98 in-state, #90 out-of-state), Texas A& M University (#35 in-state, #48 out-of-state).


Profiles of Well-Known Schools

Sam Houston State University: The College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University has one of the top criminal justice graduate and doctoral programs in Texas and in the country according to US News & World Report. The undergraduate degrees include a BA/BS in Criminal Justice and a BA in Victim Studies while the graduate programs include an MA in Criminal Justice and Criminology, an MS in Forensic Science, an MS in Security Studies, and an MS in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management (Intensive Weekend or Online). The doctoral program at SHSU is one of the most competitive in the country in terms of admissions. The College of Criminal Justice has five research institutes like the Crime Victims’ Institute, as well as five Professional Development and Training Institutes. The faculty here comprise one of the most internationally respected collections of criminal justice specialists.

Texas Southern University: Texas Southern University houses the School of Public Affairs, through which 11 different degree programs are offered. Undergraduates can pursue a BS in Administration of Justice, a BA in Political Science, a BS in Public Affairs, or a major in Military Science. Both a Master and a PhD in Administration of Justice are available through the school, as well as a Traditional or Executive Masters in Public Administration, and a Masters or PhD in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy. There are two research centers in the college, the Barbara Jordan Institute and the Mickey Leland Center. Over 30 faculty teach in this school and all are world renowned experts in criminal justice or related fields.

Texas State University-San Marcos: Texas State University-San Marcos offers three tracks to earning a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice through its School of Criminal Justice. Students can follow degree plans with concentrations in Criminal Justice (General), Law Enforcement, or Corrections. Each track includes a recommended internship experience in a local, state, or federal agency aligned with student career interests. Beyond the core curriculum, students may take advantage of the School of Criminal Justice faculty’s diverse experience with specialized courses such as Ethics of Social Control, Crime Theory and Victimization, and Advanced Criminal Justice Management. Further learning opportunities are available through the school’s Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation and the Advance Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training center. Students looking to earn an advanced degree in criminal justice may also be interested in the school’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice degree programs.

Texas A & M University (Online): The Bush School of Government and Public Service, part of Texas A & M University, offers an online Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security. This is a 15-credit hour course of study and students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year university. All of those enrolled in the program must complete and pass courses in Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, Government and Homeland Security, and US Law and Homeland Security. Eight expert faculty teach both the on-site and online programs of the Bush School’s Certificate in Homeland Security.

Texas Criminal Justice Salary and Jobs

Occupation Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Correctional Officers and Jailers 48,280 $38,210
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 2,790 $89,690
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 16,940 $73,650
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 60,790 $58,710

Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2015.4,5,6,7

Respected leaders who have graduated from universities in Texas

  • Dallas County, TX Sheriff Lupe Valdez- University of Texas at Arlington
  • Dallas, TX Police Chief David Brown- University of Texas at Austin, Dallas Baptist University
  • Houston, TX Police Chief Charles McClelland- University of Houston
  • Collin County, TX Sheriff Terry Box- Abilene Christian College, Grayson County Junior College
Police Quote: “Before joining the Houston Police Department, I was an officer for the NYPD, and the best advice I ever received was from my Sergeant at the time. The advice he provided, and what I would share with aspiring officers is, always treat fellow officers and people you encounter on the street as you would want to be treated. If you do that, you will have a long and fruitful career. Another piece of advice I would pass on to aspiring officers, is to always strive to learn, attend additional training, and complete some form of higher education. As someone who holds a master’s degree in Homeland Security Management, a higher education opens doors within a department, and will continue to do so in the future.” -Joe Gamaldi, Board Member of the Houston Police Officers’ Union

Texas Criminal Justice Degrees

Texas is among the fastest growing states in the United States, with the Dallas, Houston, and Austin metropolitan areas among the top growing cities in the nation. With a rapidly growing population, it is likely that demand for qualified criminal justice professionals will increase significantly. Criminal justice degrees are offered at a number of colleges and universities throughout Texas. Earning a degree in criminal justice can potentially open up the path to a variety of careers – from saving lives as a police officer to analyzing blood evidence in the lab as a forensic science technician.

Other jobs in the criminal justice field include correctional officers, parole officers, criminologists, and forensic psychologists. In addition to local law enforcement, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is one of the larger employers in the state and provides many career opportunities for individuals with a criminal justice or related degrees. Salaries are very competitive and come with a rich benefits package, which includes longevity pay after just two years of service. There is strong competition for jobs with the TDCJ, and a degree can often give you a competitive edge. Police officers in Texas typically are required to have at least a two-year or associate degree in criminal justice. The Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio police departments are just some of the nationally recognized organizations currently seeking new police officers with at least an associate’s degree. Law enforcement agencies in Texas also patrol the longest stretch of the US-Mexico border, which means that federal career opportunities are available for US citizens interested in applying their criminal justice expertise to customs and border protection.

Texas Criminal Justice Salary Information

The average annual salary for a police officer in Texas is $58,710 and those in leadership roles as a first-line supervisors earn an average salary to $89,690.5,7 Professionals working in the many corrections facilities in Texas as correctional officers earn an average salary of $38,210.4 Detectives and criminal investigators in the state earn an average salary of $73,650.6 Paralegals and legal assistants working at the numerous law firms in Dallas and other areas of Texas earn an average salary of $53,190.8

Texas’ Criminal Justice Employment Outlook

As of May 2016 the unemployment rate for Texas was 4.4%, slightly below the national average of 4.7%.9 The state’s 10-year unemployment peak was in July 2011 at 8.2%.9 Government-related employment is a good proxy for Texas criminal justice jobs. Projections Central includes the following criminal justice job estimates for Texas:

  • Police and Sheriff Patrol: 3,160 annual openings; 46% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 24% holding an associate’s degree.10,11
  • Correctional Officers: 2,080 annual openings; 37% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 15% holding a post-secondary certificate.10,12
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: 600 annual openings; 37% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 21% holding an associate’s degree.10,13
  • Security Guards: 3,370 annual openings; 4% in these positions report completing at least some college.10,14
  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants: 1,100 annual openings; 86% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 30% holding an associate’s degree and 44% holding a bachelor’s degree.10,15

Note that these position estimates are based on jobs growth as well as replacements.

The Mercatus Center is a conservative think tank that analyzed and rated the long-term solvency of each state’s government. Based on an analysis of budgeting processes, cash and tax collection, and pensions, Texas was ranked 16th in the nation.16 This means that new hires can be fairly confident in the state’s ability to fulfill employee pension obligations.

Online and Texas Criminal Justice Schools

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Tip: If you don’t live near a campus-based school that offers a program of interest, consider an online degree or a university in an adjacent state (New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, or Louisiana).

Student Review: “Attending the University of Phoenix was a very good experience for me. I attended the online campus and found this to be very convenient for me because of my work hours as well as challenging. The school taught me the meaning of having good time management skills and juggling a rigorous work and school schedule. Although I could work on assignments when it was most convenient for me, the school does follow a standard syllabus like traditional brick and mortar campuses and students must turn in assignments by the due date to avoid penalties. The instructors who teach the classes have extensive experience in their fields and are very knowledgeable when answering questions to help students understand the curriculum. I also found my academic and financial aid counselors to be very helpful when answering questions regarding classes and credits, or financial aid issues. Overall, I think that the University of Phoenix is a good school for working adults who want to earn a degree without the hassles of changing work hours, fighting traffic, parking issues, and sitting in lecture halls listening to boring professors.” -Vivica S., student at University of Phoenix
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Directory of Texas Universities offering Criminal Justice Degrees

Abilene Christian University (Abilene)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Arts | Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation (online program)
Minor | Conflict Resolution (online program)

Alvin Community College (Alvin)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement & Police Administration
Certificate | Basic Law Enforcement Academy
Certificate | Crime Scene Technician

Amarillo College (Amarillo)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
Certificate | Law Enforcement Academy

Angelina College (Lufkin)
Associate in Applied Science | Criminal Justice

Angelo State University (San Angelo)
Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Security Studies | Border and Homeland Security
Bachelor of Security Studies | Intelligence, Security Studies, and Analysis
Bachelor of Intelligence, Security Studies, and Analysis Degree
Bachelor of Border Security Degree
Master of Science | Homeland security
Master of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Security Studies | Intelligence, Security Studies, and Analysis
Minor | Criminal Justice
Minor | Border Security
Certificate | Border Security
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Homeland Security

Student Review: “The Criminal Justice and Government department at Angelo State University is staffed by great instructors, and the school provides students with a great opportunity, for hands-on experience, in the field of law enforcement, through the campus police department. Students are eligible to take part, by applying for part-time work, as a campus police officer. Campus police officers are provided with a small range of tasks, allowing them to get a basic feel for their future possible career, in law enforcement and an opportunity to decide, for themselves, if this particular career path is something, they truly wish to pursue. Classes, within the Criminal Justice department range from basic studies of the field, to more specialized instruction, in methods of using mathematics, in terms of statistics, to determine the scope of a potential problematic situation. The professors are well-known, for their willingness, to work with their students. They are generous, in setting one-on-one appointments, for students who wish to communicate areas, where they are having trouble, in understanding class material.” -Student at Angelo State University
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Austin Community College District (Austin)
Associate of Applied Science | Corrections
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
Certificate | Texas Peace Officer Sequence

Blinn College (Brenham)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Technology
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Basic Peace Officer Academy
Certificate | Corrections

Brazosport College (Lake Jackson)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Safety Health and Environmental Management
Certificate | Criminal Justice

Central Texas College (Killeen)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice: Corrections
Associate of Applied Science | Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Certificate | Basic Peace Officer
Certificate | Criminal Justice Studies
Certificate of Completion | Criminal Justice: Addictions
Certificate of Completion | Cybersecurity
Certificate of Completion | Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Certificate of Completion | Homeland Security

Cisco College (Cisco)
Associate in Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Criminal Justice

Clarendon College (Clarendon)
Associate in Arts | Criminal Justice

Coastal Bend College (Beeville)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice

College of the Mainland (Texas City)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Emergency Management
Certificate | Basic Peace Officer Academy
Certificate | Emergency Management

Collin College (Plano)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Criminal Justice

Concordia University Texas (Austin)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice & Criminology (online program)

Dallas Baptist University (Dallas)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Dallas County Community College District (Dallas, Lancaster, Mesquite)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Digital Forensics
Certificate | Basic Criminal Justice
Certificate | Criminal Forensics
Certificate | Criminal Digital Forensic Investigations Technician
Certificate | Cedar Valley College Law Enforcement Academy
Advanced Technical Certificate | Digital Forensic Analyst

Del Mar College (Corpus Christi)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
Certificate | Law Enforcement

Eastfield College (Mesquite)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Criminal Forensics
Certificate | Criminal Digital Forensic Investigations Technician

East Texas Baptist University (Marshall)
Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Offender Rehabilitation
Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Peace Officer Training
Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Public Safety Administration
Minor | Forensic Science

El Centro College (Dallas)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Fire Protection Technology
Certificate | Fire Protection Technology
Certificate | Fire/ Arson Investigation

El Paso Community College (El Paso)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Homeland Security
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Certificate of Completion | Homeland Security

Galveston College (Galveston)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Law Enforcement Academy

Grayson County College (Denison)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
Certificate | Law Enforcement
Certificate of Completion | Police Academy

Hardin-Simmons University (Abilene)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Forensic Studies
Bachelor of Business Studies | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Business Studies | Forensic Studies
Minor | Criminal Justice
Minor | Forensic Studies

Hill College (Hillsboro)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement: Texas Peace Officer
Certificate of Completion | Corrections
Certificate of Completion | Law Enforcement

Houston Community College (Houston)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Corrections
Associate of Applied Science | Cyber Security
Associate of Applied Science | Juvenile Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
Program | Corrections

Howard College (Big Spring)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice: Correctional Science
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice: Chemical Dependency Counseling
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice Studies
Certificate | Criminal Justice Technology

Howard Payne University (Brownwood)
Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science: Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science: Chemistry

Huston-Tillotson University (Austin)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

Jarvis Christian College (Hawkins)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice

Kilgore College (Kilgore)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | East Texas Police Academy

Lamar Institute of Technology (Beaumont)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice Security Threat Groups
Associate of Applied Science | Homeland Security
Associate of Applied Science | Crime Scene Technology
Certificate of Completion | Homeland Security
Certificate | Security Threat Groups
Certificate | Police Academy

Lamar State College-Orange (Orange)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Corrections
Certificate | Criminal Justice
Institutional Award | Forensic Science

Lamar University (Beaumont)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
Master of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
Master of Business Administration | Criminal Justice Management

Student Review: “Lamar University is the only major university located in southeast Texas. It currently has 12,500 students, with enrollment growing due to many improvements to the university. I studied Business, but the school is known for its Engineering and Nursing programs. Lamar competes in the Southland Conference in the NCAA, in which its school spirit is very high. They just recently built a new set of dorms, although some are in way better shape than others. Some people have complained of bed bugs in some of the dorms. There doesn’t seem to be much security, either. There isn’t much variety as far as food goes, as well.” -Derek L., student at Lamar University
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Lee College (Baytown)
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
Associate Degree | Criminal Justice
Certificate of Completion | Law Enforcement

Lone Star College System (The Woodlands)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice

Student Review: “Attending Lone Star College System was a great experience. The Lone Star College system is comprised of many satellite campuses around Houston and surrounding areas and its main campus is in the Woodlands which make physical attendance possible without traveling too far. The possible necessity of attending multiple campuses is one of the only downsides of attending the Lone Star College system. This is because not all courses are offered at all campuses. For example, not all courses offer Engineering classes or Computer Science classes. However, I have begun to notice that more campuses are starting to offer the same courses. This problem is also negated by the fact that many, many courses are offered online. My experience taking courses online was far easier than I ever imagined. Everything from registration to some tests can be taken online, and collaboration with other students and teachers is made through the online e-learning system. Also, the campuses are very well maintained, especially the CyFair College which is a $100 million dollar facility situated on 200 acres of land and across from a huge stadium for sports events. I have nothing but positive to say of the Lonestar College system.” -Rafael F., student at Lone Star College System
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Lubbock Christian University (Lubbock)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

McLennan Community College (Waco)
Associate of Applied Science | Corrections
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Corrections
Certificate | Forensic Science
Certificate | Law Enforcement

Midland College (Midland)
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Law Enforcement

Midwestern State University (Wichita Falls)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Corrections
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice

Mountain View College (Dallas)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Criminal Justice

Navarro College (Corsicana)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Asset Protection Loss Prevention
Certificate | Criminal Justice Corrections

North Central Texas College (Gainesville)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
Certificate | Law Enforcement

Northeast Texas Community College (Mount Pleasant)
Certificate | County Corrections
Certificate | Peace Officer Certification
Certificate | Law Enforcement

Northwest Vista College (San Antonio)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Computer Forensics

Odessa College (Odessa, TX)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice Leadership
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Forensics
Associate of Science | Law Enforcement Forensics
Technical Certificate | Law Enforcement/Computer Forensics

Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminology and Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminology and Criminal Justice
Minor | Forensic Science

Palo Alto College (San Antonio)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice (online program)

Panola College (Carthage)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice

Paris Junior College (Paris)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
AS to BAAS | Criminal Justice – 2+2 Transfer (Texas A&M University – Commerce)

Paul Quinn College (Dallas)
Bachelor of Science | Legal Studies

Prairie View A&M University (Prairie View)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Juvenile Justice
Master of Science | Juvenile Justice (online program)
Master of Science | Juvenile Forensic Psychology
PhD | Juvenile Justice

Remington College (Fort Worth, Garland, Houston)
Associate Degree | Criminal Justice
Bachelor Degree | Criminal Justice
Bachelor Degree | Criminal Justice (online program)

Richland College (Dallas)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Technical Certificate | Digital Forensic Analyst

Sam Houston State University (Huntsville)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Victim Studies
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Victim Studies
Master of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
Master of Science | Victim Services Management (online program)
PhD | Criminal Justice
PhD | Forensic Science

Student Review: “I was a transfer student at Sam Houston State University and what I liked most about Sam State was the quality of education that I received. The school recently started an online program that made it easy for me to work and go to school at the same time due to the flexibility of online classes. The instructors that I had were the best in their field and I learned a tremendous amount from them and by taking their courses. My classes were all online, but my professors were easy to get a hold of despite the distance. The only thing that I disliked about the school was how expensive online tuition was. The cost of obtaining your college degree online was pretty substantial compared to going to an on campus school. I don’t regret for one minute the experiences that I have gained by choosing this university. The school was highly recommended from my Criminal Justice Professor at my community college. It also ranks number one as the best criminal justice program in Texas. I did my research before going to school and despite the cost of going to this university I think the money spend was invested well.” -Nicole A., student at Sam Houston State University
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San Antonio College (San Antonio)
Associate of Applied Science | Correctional Science
Associate of Applied Science | Forensics
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
Certificate | Criminal Justice

San Jacinto Community College (Pasadena)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Criminal Justice Level II
Occupational Certificate | Criminal Justice: Core

South Plains College (Levelland)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement Technology: Corrections
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement Technology: Peace Officer
Certificate | Law Enforcement Academy

South Texas College (McAllen)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice (online programs)
Certificate | Basic Peace Officer
Certificate | Cybersecurity/Digital Forensics Specialist

St. Edward’s University (Austin)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Criminology
Bachelor of Arts | Public Safety Management
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Chemistry
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science: Lab Emphasis
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science: Field Emphasis
Minor | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminology
Minor | Forensic Science

Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches)
Bachelor of Arts | Corrections
Bachelor of Arts | Law Enforcement
Bachelor of Arts | Legal Assistant
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (second major)
Minor | Criminal Justice

Sul Ross State University (Alpine)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Homeland Security
Master of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Homeland Security
Minor | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Law Enforcement Academy

Tarleton State University (Stephenville)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences | Criminal Justice Administration
Master of Criminal Justice | Criminal Justice
Master of Criminal Justice | Criminal Justice (online program)

Tarrant County College (Fort Worth)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate of Completion | Basic Peace Officer
Certificate | Crime Analyst
Marketable Skills Achievement Award | Security Management

Temple College (Temple)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice (transfer degree)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Police Academy

Texarkana College (Texarkana)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice Administration

Texas A & M International University (Laredo)
Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
Bachelor of Science/ Master of Science | Criminal Justice (combined program)
Master of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)

Texas A & M University-Commerce (Commerce)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Applied Criminology: Criminal Justice Administration and Management (online program)
Master of Science | Applied Criminology: Criminal Justice Policy (online program)
Master of Science | Applied Criminology: Criminal Justice Planning and Evaluation (online program)
Minor | Criminal Justice
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Criminal Justice Management (online program)

Student Review: “I attend Texas A&M University at Commerce and I have to say things are great. Last semester I completed all of my requirements for the criminal justice part of my degree and I like the way things work here. For instance, there are only a handful of CJ professors, which sounds bad but there are not too many students to where things get too bunched up. I guess what I am saying is that the department is close. We all know each others names and get the one on one experience we need outside of class. My favorite thing about this program is the legal side. We did a mock trial and had real judges come in to hear the cases. It gave us “real world” experience and helped us learn more of the inner workings of the court room. As far as the faculty goes, most of them have worked in some form or fashion in the criminal justice system, so if we get a book that is based mostly on theory, we have them there to help us break it down into real world terms.” -Student at Texas A&M University-Commerce
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Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Applied Science | Emergency Response
Minor | Criminal Justice

Texas A & M University-Texarkana (Texarkana)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Interdisciplinary Studies: Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice

Texas Christian University (Fort Worth)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminal Justice and Criminology
Minor | Criminal Justice

Student Review: “The minute I first stepped on Texas Christian University’s campus I felt like I was home. TCU’s campus is so warm and welcoming, and everyone in Fort Worth is proud to be the home of this school. I am about to start my senior year and I am already starting to be sad about having to eventually leave here. It has been an enriching educational experience; the professors are experienced and understanding, and most classes are not too big. I feel like everyone at this university cares. The buildings are modern and the campus is organized so conveniently, with most of almost all of the academic buildings close together. The only part of my experience at TCU that was not so great, perhaps, was my experience with sorority life. A really big part of TCU’s 8,000 students are Greek, and sometimes it can feel like it dominates other aspects of student life. But the football team is great (recently joining the Big 12) and athletic events are always fun. If I could do college over again there is no doubt in my mind that I would still come to Texas Christian University.” -Claire L., student at Texas Christian University
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Texas Southern University (Houston)
Bachelor of Science | Administration of Justice
Master of Science | Administration of Justice
Master of Science | Administration of Justice (online program)
PhD | Administration of Justice
Certificate | Homeland Security and Emergency Management (online program)

Texas State Technical College-Harlingen (Harlingen)
Associate of Applied Science | Cyber Security Technology
Associate of Applied Science | Digital Forensics Specialization

Texas State University-San Marcos (San Marcos)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Corrections
Master of Science | Criminal Justice
PhD | Criminal Justice

Student Review: “The program at Texas State was a top notch program. The professors were all very professional and always kept the classes entertaining. The classes were challenging but the education I received was worth the time I invested into the program. There was a criminal justice club that had fun meetings and held many fundraisers where students could purchase exclusive Criminal Justice items like shirts. One of the items I would like to see is a forensics lab. When I was there it was all classroom work, and I’d like to see more hands on things. Texas State has a law enforcement training center they own nearby that they could utilize in that endeavor.” -Student at Texas State University
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Texas Wesleyan University (Fort Worth)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Business Administration/ Master of Business Administration | Fraud/ Forensics Accounting (dual degree program)

Texas Woman’s University (Denton)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
Minor | Criminal Justice

The University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminology and Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Criminology and Criminal Justice (online program)
Master of Arts | Criminology and Criminal Justice

The University of Texas at Brownsville (Brownsville)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminology and Criminal Justice (online program)
Bachelor of Arts | Law and Justice Studies
Bachelor of Arts | Public Service

The University of Texas at El Paso (El Paso)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice (online program)
Bachelor of Arts | Security Studies (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Cyber Security

The University of Texas at San Antonio (San Antonio)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Business Administration | Cyber Security
Master of Science | Criminal Justice and Criminology
Master of Business Administration | Cyber Security
Minor | Criminal Justice
Minor | Digital Forensics
Minor | Cyber Security

The University of Texas at Tyler (Tyler)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminal Justice: Generalist
Master of Science | Criminal Justice: Management
Master of Science | Criminal Justice: Research
Minor | Criminal Justice

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (Odessa)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminology
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online)
Master of Science | Criminal Justice Administration

The University of Texas-Pan American (Edinburg)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminal Justice: Policing
Master of Science | Criminal Justice: Corrections
Master of Science | Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice Theories
Minor | Criminal Justice

Trinity Valley Community College (Athens)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice (transfer degree)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Correctional Systems
Certificate | Law Enforcement

Tyler Junior College (Tyler)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice (transfer degree)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice (online degree)
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement Investigation

University of Houston-Clear Lake (Houston)
Bachelor of Science | Criminology
Bachelor of Science | Criminology (online program)
Master of Arts | Criminology

University of Houston-Downtown (Houston)
Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences | Safety Management
Bachelor of Science | Chemistry: Forensic Sciences
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)

University of Houston-Victoria (Victoria)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
Master of Arts | Interdisciplinary Studies: Criminal Justice
Master of Arts | Interdisciplinary Studies: Forensic Science
Master of Arts | Interdisciplinary Studies: Homeland & International Security

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Belton)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice

University of North Texas (Denton)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
Minor | Criminal Justice
Certificate | North Texas Forensic Academy
Certificate | Campus Safety And Security
Certificate | Private Investigations
Certificate | Correctional Management
Certificate | Criminalistics
Certificate | Police Management

Student Review: “Being at the University of North Texas has been a very good change for me. I only just transferred here and I like it much better than my last university. I understand now why the University of North Texas is the number one transfer school in Texas. The University of North Texas is in the great city of Denton, Texas and there are always lots of things to do on campus as well as around town in downtown Denton. The University of North Texas is well known for its Music programs and have won many awards and honors.” -Sarai I., student at University of North Texas
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University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online)

Vernon College (Vernon)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice (transfer degree)
Certificate | Law Enforcement Academy

Victoria College (Victoria)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Basic Peace Officer Course

Vista College (El Paso)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice (online program)

Wayland Baptist University (Plainview)
Associate of Applied Science | Justice Administration
Associate of Applied Science | Justice Administration (online program)
Bachelor of Arts | Justice Administration
Bachelor of Science | Justice Administration
Bachelor of Applied Science | Justice Administration
Bachelor of Applied Science | Justice Administration (online program)
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice (online program)
Minor | Justice Administration

Weatherford College (Weatherford)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement
Associate of Applied Science | Fire Science Technology

West Texas A & M University (Canyon)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice: Administration
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice: Administration (online program)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice: Corrections
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice: Policing
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Administration
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Administration (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Corrections
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Policing
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice Studies
Minor | Criminal Justice

Wharton County Junior College (Wharton)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Basic Peace Officer Training

Wiley College (Marshall)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice Administration

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. US News & World Report, Best Online Programs: http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education
3. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: http://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-public-colleges/index.php
4. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Correctional Officers and Jailers http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333012.htm
5. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes331012.htm
6. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Detectives and Criminal Investigators: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333021.htm
7. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333051.htm
8. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Paralegals and Legal Assistants: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes232011.htm
9. Y Charts 10 Year Unemployment Chart: http://http://ycharts.com/indicators/texas_unemployment_rate
10. Projections Central Long Term Occupational Projections: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
11. O*Net OnLine, Police Patrol Officers: http://www.onetonline.org/link/details/33-3051.01
12. O*Net OnLine, Correctional Officers and Jailers: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-3012.00
13. O*Net OnLine, Police Detectives: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-3021.01
14. O*Net OnLine, Security Guards: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-9032.00
15. O*Net OnLine, Paralegals and Legal Assistants: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/23-2011.00
16. Mercatus Center, George Mason University, Ranking the States by Fiscal Condition 2016 Edition: http://mercatus.org/statefiscalrankings