12 months
765 USD/credit 22950 USD/year
765 USD/credit 22950 USD/year
357 USD/credit 10710 USD/year
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The faculty in criminal justice are recognized nationally and internationally for their commitment to outstanding teaching, cutting-edge research, and unparalleled service to the field. The Criminal Justice program is offered by Texas State University.


The goals of the School of Criminal Justice at Texas State are twofold:

  • to prepare competent and responsible public servants for roles in criminal investigation and apprehension, agency administration, prosecution, and correctional services
  • to prepare graduates with advanced theoretical knowledge and research skills in criminal justice for leadership roles in academic, public policy, and administrative positions

These goals are pursued in the context of a broad university curriculum that provides a foundation of knowledge necessary to function in a challenging world.

Career Options

The Criminal Justice program from Texas State University will help to advance leadership roles and research and evaluation in a range of career opportunities:

  • state and federal correction facilities
  • county jails
  • local, state and federal police departments
  • halfway houses and prerelease programs
  • juvenile detention centers and group homes
  • victim advocacy agencies
  • immigration and naturalization services or homeland security

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Administration of Justice
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Statistics
  • Management Principles in Criminal Justice
  • Advanced Criminological Theory
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Crime Analysis
  • History and Philosophy of Justice
  • Current Legal Issues in Criminal Justice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • completed online application
  • $55 nonrefundable application fee or
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials
  • baccalaureate degree in criminal justice or related field from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • statement of purpose indicating career aspirations and reasons for pursuing the M.S.C.J. program
  • two letters of recommendation from persons best able to assess your ability to succeed in graduate school

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22950 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 765 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    22950 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 765 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    10710 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 357 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for San Marcos

921 - 1707 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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