Criminal Justice MS Degree - Online

Graduate Admissions


The University of Texas at Tyler
Department of Social Sciences
3900 University Boulevard
Tyler, Texas 75799
Phone 903.566.7371

Degree Information:
Dr. Richard Helfers
Phone: 903.566.7399

Graduate Admission Information
The University of Texas at Tyler
Office of Graduate Admissions
Office: STE 345
Phone: 903.566.7457
Fax: 903.566.7492

Program Information

Degree: MS, 100% online (This program is not available to F-1 students) 

Hours: 36

College: Arts and Sciences

Admission Requirements

Application Instructions

Total Program Tuition Cost: $15,660 Estimated tuition for full-time, in-state online enrollment. Tuition varies by delivery method and hours taken per semester. Calculate your estimated tuition with the tuition calculator.

Scholarships/Financial Support:  Yes

Test Score Required: Satisfactory GRE score OR three years of full-time employment in the social services or criminal justice sectors. A curriculum vitae or resume should be submitted to document employment.  Effective Fall 2020 and forward, the GRE requirement can be waived if the applicant earned a 3.25 overall undergraduate GPA or has previously earned a graduate degree, from a regionally accredited university.

GPA: A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4 point scale on the last 60 hours of upper division coursework leading to the baccalaureate degree. A minimum grade point average of 3.00 on at least 15 hours of undergraduate coursework in the social sciences. A minimum grade of “C” in an upper division social science research methods course. 

Letters of Recommendation: No

Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Yes

Admissions Essay: No

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.

Consideration is also given to one or more of the following: the applicant’s demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study, socioeconomic background, first generation college graduate, multilingual proficiency, geographic region of residence, and level of responsibility in other matters including extracurricular activities, employment, community service, and family responsibilities.

Career Outlook: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of detective and criminal investigator positions will increase by 17% through 2018. Investigative experience is an advantage for those seeking employment in federal agencies. For more information about opportunities, go to Occupational Outlook Handbook - Police and Detectives.

Salary Information: See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is O*Net.

Meet a University of Texas at Tyler graduate student.

Deepen Your Expertise to Advance in a Dynamic, Growing Field

A master’s degree in criminal justice from The University of Texas at Tyler prepares you for valuable career options: Gain solid credentials for advancement and promotions; round out your professional knowledge; become a community college teacher in the discipline; or go on to earn your PhD.

  • Take classes weekday evenings in a program that’s designed to accommodate the schedules of working adult students.
  • Earn your degree from a graduate school with an excellent reputation and join other criminal justice graduates who are sought after by employers.

Graduates of the UT Tyler program often hold positions with the FBI, ATF, Secret Service, U.S. Customs, DEA, state troopers, law enforcement agencies, corrections facilities and other such leading employers as adult and juvenile probation, Child Protective Services, Border Patrol, etc.

Learn more from the UT Tyler Criminal Justice Program.

Master’s in Criminal Justice: Research-oriented. Broad-based.

  • Do in-depth study and benefit from one-on-one interaction with professors in small classes that average 12 students.
  • Choose a specific concentration for your criminal justice studies: criminal justice generalist, management or research.
  • Select from two options to complete your degree: Write a master’s thesis (important if you wish to enter a doctoral program) or take the non-thesis path, which requires comprehensive examinations in core subject areas.
  • Complete a master’s program modeled after curriculum recommendations from the well-respected Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the national association that promotes criminal justice education, research and policy analysis.

Criminal Justice Faculty: Academic Training. Field Experience.

  • Participate in faculty research projects, working side-by-side with your professors, many of whom are widely recognized experts in the criminal justice field.
  • Learn on-the-job insights from professors with field experience in such law enforcement areas as vice and police investigations, corrections and federally funded research. Many faculty members also are knowledgeable about the impact of technology advances in this field.

Learn more about UT Tyler social science faculty.

Criminal Justice Courses: In-depth. Research-based.

Contemporary Criminological Theory – Examine the role of theory in criminology and review major theories of crime causation. The emphasis will be on applying these theories to contemporary criminal justice practices.

Research Methods – This course focuses on research design and methodology as commonly implemented in administrative or agency settings. Included among topic areas are criteria for evaluating others’ research results, experimental design, sampling, hypothesis testing, quantitative data analysis, introduction to statistics and computerized analysis.

Seminar in Criminal Justice Administration – Using the case study as its principal methodology and moving from theoretical propositions to practical considerations, this course examines a range of concepts applied in the administration of criminal justice agencies. Examine issues involved in the administration of police departments, prosecutors’ and public defenders’ offices, jails and prisons, and probation and parole offices. Particular emphasis will be placed on leadership and workplace issues.

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