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Criminology & Criminal Justice

Develop an understanding of the justice systems that shape and affect our communities.

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As a criminology & criminal justice student, you鈥檒l gain a solid foundation in research methods, writing, oral communication, statistical reasoning and critical thinking along with practical field applications through career-oriented courses and internships.

The MS in criminology & criminal justice is an online program that can be completed in two years, making it especially attractive to professionals.


Programs Offered


Sample Courses


  • Criminology
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Criminal Law
  • Victimology
  • Criminal Violence

Special Admission Requirements


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What Sets Us Apart


The criminology & criminal justice program at TCU has been ranked as a top program in Texas, and focuses on giving you the theoretical and practical skills you鈥檒l need for any related career.

At TCU there鈥檚 a shared willingness by faculty to collaborate across disciplines in teaching and research. Our goal is for students to build on their new knowledge, making valuable connections between concepts and ideas from different areas of study. This motivates our students to be more creative in their lifelong learning, and enhances the critical thinking skills needed for problem solving in today鈥檚 world.

International awareness and cross-cultural understanding are critical to TCU鈥檚 mission. Our faculty members are committed to empowering students to broaden their perspectives while addressing the world鈥檚 problems. TCU鈥檚 international programs inspire, enlighten and prepare Horned Frogs to make positive change for the greater good.

Career Prospects


Our graduates work in challenging positions in various fields, including law enforcement, victim advocacy, corrections, courts and juvenile justice. Our alumni are employed at companies and organizations such as:

  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Law firms and district attorneys offices
  • Child and victim advocacy centers
  • The Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • ExxonMobil Corporation
  • Sam Houston State University
  • U.S. Probation and Pre-trial Services
  • Law firms
  • Various law enforcement agencies