Texas Criminal Justice Schools

  • 96 schools offering criminal justice degrees in Texas are in our database. (see below)
  • 51 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 24 of them offer bachelor’s degrees and above, 19 offer a mix of bachelor’s and master’s and 2 offer a PHD
  • We found no schools in Texas ranked in US News and World Reports that have a criminal justice program
  • According to Kiplinger’s, Texas has 3 universities ranked in the top 100 for “Values in Public Colleges”; #30 The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX; #43 Texas A&M University, College Station, TX; and #50 The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX
  • 10 campus-based and online schools in Texas are available for requesting information.

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Profiles of Well Known Schools

Sam Houston State University: The College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University has the top criminal justice graduate and doctoral programs in Texas and one of the top in the country according to the US News and 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, and 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 form one of the most internationally respected collection of criminal justice specialists.

Texas Southern University: Texas Southern University houses the School of Public Affairs, in 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 the criminal justice or related fields.

The Bush School (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 bachelors 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.

Westwood College (Online): Westwood College’s online programs include an Associate in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Criminal Justice with three different majors: Administration, Corrections, and Investigations. All bachelor students must complete Introduction to Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice. Also, with all criminal justice programs available online and face-to-face, students have the option of completing a full online program or a blended program (both types of classes).

Texas Criminal Justice Salary and Jobs

Occupation Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Correctional Officers and Jailers 47,910 $34,720
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 5,140 $81,280
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 16,380 $74,600
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 54,750 $52,130

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012.

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

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Texas Criminal Justice Degrees

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.

In 2009, Texas was among the fastest growing places in the United States, with the Dallas, Houston and Austin 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.

Other jobs in the criminal justice field include correctional officers, parole officers, criminologists, forensic psychologists, and many other options. 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 associates 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 minimum, an associate’s degree. Texas also houses 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.

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Texas Criminal Justice Salary Information

The average annual salary for a police officer in Texas is $50,440 1 and moving into a leadership role as a first-line supervisor increases the average salary to $79,890.1 Professionals working in the many corrections facilities in Texas as a correctional officer earn an average salary of $33,190.1 Detectives and criminal investigators in the state earn an average salary of $68,260.1 Paralegals and legal assistants working at the numerous law firms in Dallas and other areas of Texas earn an average salary of $47,980.1

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Texas’ Criminal Justice Employment Outlook 2, 3, 4, 5

Texas has assumed the position California once had. It is a big state with natural resources and growing prospects both overall and for criminal justice related careers. At the start of 2012, Texas’s unemployment is 7.8%, well below the 8.5% national average. It has regained pre-Downturn levels and strong growth is projected ahead. Government related employment, which is a good proxy for Texas criminal justice jobs, has excellent prospects with prior peak employment levels already eclipsed, and growth from late 2012 onward. The Occupational Supply & Demand System shows annual Texas Criminal Justice job openings with Police and Sheriff Patrol (2,300 openings / 88% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree), Correctional Officers (1,800 annual openings / 60% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree), Detectives / Investigators / Forensic Techs (735 annual openings), Security Guards (3,300 annual openings) and Paralegals (670 annual openings / 88% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree). According to Sunshine Review and the Economist, Texas weathered the downturn better than most states and it boasts a $9+ billion Rainy Day fund. There is no better time than now to be in the Lone Star state as there are abundant Texas criminal justice jobs. We suggest requesting free information from several Texas criminal justice schools to weigh options.

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University of Phoenix
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • A.A. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration/Human Services for Criminal Justice
  • B.S in Criminal Justice Administration/Cybercrimes

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Virginia College
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • MS - Criminal Justice
  • BS - Criminal Justice

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Keiser University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice, BA
  • Criminal Justice, AA
  • Legal Studies, BA (Online)

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National American University
Campuses: 1Lewisville
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice A.A.S.
  • Criminal Justice B.S.

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Remington College
Campuses: 1Houston
Popular Degrees:

  • AAS in Criminal Justice

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Vista College
Campuses: 1El Paso
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice

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Keiser University Graduate School
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice, MA (Online)

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Liberty University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • BS in Criminal Justice
  • AA in Criminal Justice
  • Masters in Criminal Justice: Command College

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California University of Pennsylvania
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Master of Science in Legal Studies: Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Legal Studies: Law and Public Policy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence: Legal Studies

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Grand Canyon University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • B.S. in Justice Studies
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement


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, and Louisiana).

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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
Student Review: “I am currently attending Kaplan University online. I have found that the faculty at Kaplan are very helpful with any questions that I have had so far. Kaplan has many different programs for you to choose from and is extremely flexible with your schedule. They have a wonderful online library to help you with all of your projects and even have tutors available if you are having a hard time in any of your classes. I had previous experience with online classes and didn’t like it at all, but after attending Kaplan, I would definitely recommend online classes to everyone.” -Shea E., student at Kaplan University

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Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, TX) >>Request Information!
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Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Victim Studies
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice
Master of Arts | Criminology
Master of Science | Criminal Justice Leadership and Management
Master of Science | Forensic Science
Master of Science | Security
PhD | Criminal Justice

Directory of Texas Universities offering Criminal Justice Degrees

Abilene Christian University (Abilene, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Conflict Resolution (online)
Certificate | Conflict Resolution
Master of Science | Conflict Resolution (online)

Alvin Community College (Alvin, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Correctional Science
Associate of Applied Science | Court Reporting
Associate of Applied Science | Field of Study
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement Police Administration
Certificate | Basic Law Enforcement Academy
Certificate | Correctional Administration
Certificate | Correctional Science
Certificate | Court Reporting
Certificate | Crime Scene Investigation
Certificate | Law Enforcement Police Administration
Certificate | Scopist: Court Reporting

Amarillo College (Amarillo, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
Associate of Applied Science | Safety and Environmental Technology
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science | Forensic Science
Certificate | Law Enforcement
Certificate | Safety and Environmental Technology

Angelina College (Lufkin, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science | Legal Assistant/Secretary

Angelo State University (San Angelo, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

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

Arlington Career Institute (Grand Prairie, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Court Reporting
Certificate | Legal Assistant/Secretary
Certificate | Stenograph Court Reporting

Austin Community College District (Austin, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Corrections
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
Certificate | Texas Peace Officer Sequence

Brazosport College (Lake Jackson, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Criminal Justice
Peace Officer Licensure Certificate | Law Enforcement Academy
Bush School of Government | Texas A&M University (College Station, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Homeland Security (online)

Central Texas College (Killeen, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice (online)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice | Corrections (online)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice | Law Enforcement Technology
Associate of Applied Science | Homeland Security and Emergency Management (online)
Certificate of Completion | Basic Peace Officer Training
Certificate of Completion | Criminal Justice | Addictions
Certificate of Completion | Criminal Justice Studies (online)
Certificate of Completion | Extended Basic Peace Officer Training
Certificate of Completion | Homeland Security and Emergency Management (online)

Cisco College (Cisco, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Level I Certificate | Criminal Justice
Level I Certificate | Homeland Security
Coastal Bend College (Beeville, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
Certificate | Criminal Justice

College of the Mainland (Texas City, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice (online)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice (online)

Collin College (Plano, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Applied Science | Information Systems Cybersecurity
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Information Systems Cybersecurity

Concordia University Texas (Austin, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Behavioral Sciences
Bachelor of Arts | Behavioral Sciences

Court Reporting Institute-Wheeler Institute of Texas (Dallas, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Court Reporting
Associate of Applied Science | Court Reporting (online)

Dallas Baptist University (Dallas, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Dallas County Community College District (Dallas, TX / Lancaster, TX / Mesquite, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate in Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Basic Criminal Justice
Certificate | Conflict Management
Certificate | Criminal Forensics
Certificate | Criminal Justice
Continuing Ed. Training | Law Enforcement/Police Academy

Del Mar College (Corpus Christi, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Applied Science | Corrections
Associate in Applied Science | Court Reporting
Associate in Applied Science | Criminal Justice Technology (Crime Scene Technician)
Associate in Applied Science | Criminal Justice Technology (Police Science)
Associate in Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Court Reporting
Associate of Applied Science | Legal Secretary
Certificate | Basic Peace Officer
Certificate | Corrections
Certificate | Crime Scene Technician
Certificate | Information Reporting
In-Service Training | Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection

El Paso Community College (El Paso, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Court Reporting
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Homeland Security
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Homeland Security

Everest College (Arlington, TX / Dallas, TX / Fort Worth, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science | Homeland Security
Certificate | Criminal Justice

Galveston College (Galveston, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice

Grayson County College (Denison, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Police Academy

Hardin-Simmons University (Abilene, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

Hill College (Hillsboro, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Corrections
Associate of Applied Science | Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counseling
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement: Texas Peace Officer
Certificate of Completion | Chemical Dependency Correctional Counseling
Certificate of Completion | Corrections
Certificate of Completion | Evidence Technology
Certificate of Completion | General Criminal Justice Education

Houston Community College (Houston, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Legal Assisting

Howard College (Big Spring, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Correctional Science
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice Studies
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
Associate of Arts/Associate of Sciences | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Computer Forensics in Criminal Investigations
Certificate | Criminal Justice Technology
Certificate | Digital Forensics Investigations

Howard Payne University (Brownwood, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science

Huston-Tillotson University (Austin, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

Iverson Business School (Arlington, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Court Reporting
Certificate | Court Reporting

Jarvis Christian College (Hawkins, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Certification | Texas Peace Officer Procedures

Kaplan College (San Antonio, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice

Kilgore College (Kilgore, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Court Reporting
Associate of Applied Science | Court Reporting/Scopist
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Court Reporting
Certificate | Court Reporting/Scopist
Continuing Education Program/Certificate | Police Academy

Kussad Institute of Court Reporting (Austin, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Court Reporting
Certificate | Court Reporting

Lamar Institute of Technology (Beaumont, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Security
Associate of Science | Homeland Security
Associate of Science | Homeland Security/Crime Scene Technician

Lamar State College-Orange (Orange, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Corrections
Certificate | Criminal Justice
Institutional Award | Forensic Science

Lamar State College-Port Arthur (Port Arthur, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice

Lamar University (Beaumont, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

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

Lee College (Baytown, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Law Enforcement

Lone Star College System (The Woodlands, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | 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. Every thing 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

Lubbock Christian University (Lubbock, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

McLennan Community College (Waco, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Corrections
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Corrections
Certificate | Law Enforcement
Certificate | Pre-Forensic Science

Midland College (Midland, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Law Enforcement

Midwestern State University (Wichita Falls, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Public Administration | Administration of Justice

Navarro College (Corsicana, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice (online)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice (online)

North Central Texas College (Gainesville, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement

Northeast Texas Community College (Mount Pleasant, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice: Corrections
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice: Tech Prep
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Certificate | County Corrections
Certificate | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Criminal Justice Peace Officer
Certificate | Law Enforcement

Northwest Vista College (San Antonio, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice

Odessa College (Odessa, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Legal Assistant
Certificate | Basic Peace Officer
Certificate | Computer Forensics
Certificate | Law Enforcement

Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Criminal Justice
Minor | Forensic Science

Palo Alto College (San Antonio, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice w/concentration in Forensic Science
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice w/concentration in Legal Studies

Paul Quinn College (Dallas, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Legal Studies

Prairie View A&M University (Prairie View, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (Juvenile Justice specialization)
Doctor of Philosophy | Juvenile Justice
Master of Science | Juvenile Forensic Psychology
Master of Science | Juvenile Justice

Remington College (Fort Worth, TX / Garland, TX / Houston, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Criminal Justice (online)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice (online)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online)

Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, TX) >>Request Information!
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Victim Studies
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice
Master of Arts | Criminology
Master of Science | Criminal Justice Leadership and Management
Master of Science | Forensic Science
Master of Science | Security
PhD | Criminal Justice

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 tuiton was. The cost of obtaining your college degree online was pretty substantial compared to going to an on campus school. I dont regret for one minute the experiences that I have gained by chosing 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

San Antonio College (San Antonio, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice

San Jacinto College (Pasadena, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Corrections
Certificate | Crime Scene Technician
Certificate | Law Enforcement
Licensure | Peace Officer

South Plains College (Levelland, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Emergency Medical Services
Associate of Applied Science | Fire Technology
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement Technology
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Certificate of Proficiency | Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate Certificate
Certificate of Proficiency | Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic Certificate
Certificate of Proficiency | Fire Inspector
Certificate of Proficiency | Fire Officer I and II
Certificate of Proficiency | Fire and Arson Investigator
Certificate of Proficiency | Law Enforcement Academy
Enhanced Skills Certificate | Law Enforcement Technology

South Texas College (McAllen, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Legal Office Management
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Legal Office Specialist

St Edward’s University (Austin, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Criminology
Bachelor of Science | Forensics

Stephen F Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Corrections
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Law Enforcement
Bachelor of Science | Legal Assistant

Sul Ross State University (Alpine, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminal Justice
Professional Training | Basic Police Academy

Tarleton State University (Stephenville, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Criminal Justice | Criminal Justice

Tarrant County College (Fort Worth, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Peace Officer
Certificate | Security Management

Temple College (Temple, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Criminal Justice
Transfer Degree | Criminal Justice

Texarkana College (Texarkana, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Texas A & M International University (Laredo, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Psychology (Police Psychology track)

Texas A & M University-Commerce (Commerce, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Criminal Justice Management
Master of Science | Sociology and Criminal Justice

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

Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Texas A & M University-Texarkana (Texarkana, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice

Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | 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

Texas Southern University (Houston, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Administration of Justice
Master of Science | Administration of Justice
PhD | Administration of Justice

Texas State Technical College-Harlingen (Harlingen, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Security Technology

Texas State University-San Marcos (San Marcos, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Applied Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Applied Arts | Criminal Justice | Corrections
Bachelor of Applied Arts | Criminal Justice | Law Enforcement
Doctor of Philosophy | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | 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

Texas Wesleyan University (Fort Worth, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Texas Woman’s University (Denton, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
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The University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminology and Criminal Justice
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice

The University of Texas at Brownsville (Brownsville, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Corrections
Bachelor of Science | Criminology and Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Investigations (staring Fall, 2012)
Bachelor of Science | Police Administration

The University of Texas at El Paso (El Paso, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Intelligence National Security Studies
Master of Science | Intelligence National Security Studies

The University of Texas at San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminal Justice

The University of Texas at Tyler (Tyler, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminal Justice

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

The University of Texas-Pan American (Edinburg, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminal Justice

Trinity Valley Community College (Athens, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice | Correctional Science
Certificate | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Criminal Justice | Law Enforcement

Tyler Junior College (Tyler, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice | Law Enforcement Investigation
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice-Field of Study
Certificate of Completion | Law Enforcement Academy

University of Houston-Clear Lake (Houston, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminology
Master of Arts | Criminology
University of Houston-Downtown (Houston, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
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
Certificate | Basic Peace Officer Training Academy
Master of Science | Criminal Justice

University of Houston-Victoria (Victoria, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online)

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Belton, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Criminal Justice | Criminal Justice

University of North Texas (Denton, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Risk Management and Assurance
Master of Science | Criminal Justice

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

Vernon College (Vernon, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Correctional Officer Training Academy
Certificate | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Law Enforcement Academy

Victoria College (Victoria, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Transfer Degree | Criminal Justice

Vista College (El Paso, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Forensic Science

Wayland Baptist University (Plainview, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Justice Administration
Bachelor of Science | Justice Administration
Master of Public Administration | Public Administration/Policy
Weatherford College (Weatherford, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Corrections
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement

West Texas A & M University (Canyon, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice | Administration
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice | Corrections
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice | Administration (online)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice | Corrections
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice | Policing
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice

Western Texas College (Snyder, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Career Certificate | Criminal Justice
Technical Program Certificate | Criminal Justice

Wharton County Junior College (Wharton, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Wiley College (Marshall, TX)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

 

References:
(1) Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_TX.htm
(2) Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/lau/ see state on page for current unemployment rate
(3) USA TODAY/Moody’s Analytics/BLS: http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2009-02-06-new-jobs-growth-graphic_N.htm
(4) Occupational Supply & Demand System / OCDS Georgia State University for the U.S. Department of Labor: http://www.occsupplydemand.org/OSD_SelectOcc.aspx?chk=2&ST=ZZ
(5) The Sunshine Review: http://sunshinereview.org/core/home (select state budget button)

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