Criminal Justice, M.Sc. | The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley | Texas City, United States
12 months
15676 USD/year
15676 USD/year
8332 USD/year
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The Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MS) from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is an intensive graduate-level program that is designed for students who want to pursue further studies beyond the bachelor degree and prepare candidates for the doctoral degree.


Concerning students at the master’s level, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley's Master of Science in Criminal Justice's mission is to develop research skills and expand conceptual and practical knowledge critical to fulfilling leadership roles in criminal justice or social services. Master’s degree students planning to proceed to Ph.D. programs can expect from the department thorough training in the theories, methodologies, and empirical findings that promote understanding of deviance, crime, criminal justice, and social organization.

Key Features:

  • The program provides a resource for federal, state and local criminal justice agencies in need of administrative assistance in policy analysis, development and program evaluation.
  • The program's aim is to prepare students for entry‐level positions requiring graduate degrees, such as federal probation, parole and law enforcement agencies.
  • The program prepares students for academic study beyond the master's degree.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Graduate Seminar
  • Theories of Criminal Justice
  • Advanced Criminology
  • Policing in a Democracy
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Correctional Theories and Issues
  • Criminal Justice Policy Analysis
  • Criminal Justice Organizations: Theory and Behavior
  • Criminal Justice Research Methods
  • Criminal Justice Research Methods and Statistics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Rolling admission for national students.


36 SCH


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official transcripts from each institution attended.
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 semester credit hours. If applicant does not meet the minimum undergraduate GPA, but has a GPA range from 2.75 to 2.99, GRE general test with minimum scores of 146 Verbal, 150 Quantitative, and 3.5 Analytical are required for conditional admission. GRE test scores are valid for 5 years.
  • Submission of three letters of recommendation from university/ college professors who can assess the applicants’ abilities to pursue graduate study.
  • Submission of a 250-500 letter of intent detailing why the student is interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Criminal Justice.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15676 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7838 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    15676 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7838 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    8332 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4166 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Texas City

882 - 1634 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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