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September 29, 2016

Dr. Joseph A-Gyamfi
Program Director
(956) 665-7061

Department of Criminal Justice
Social and Behavioral Sciences- SBS 321
Phone: (956) 665-3566
Fax: (956) 665-3680

Master of Science in
Criminal Justice

The Master of Science, Criminal Justice 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.

The MS in Criminal Justice is designed to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Enhance students competence in the content, principles and methods of criminal justice;
  • Enable students to become critical thinkers, to help improve the Criminal Justice System, and reduce crime in society.
  • Prepare students for administrative and management positions in federal, state and local criminal justice agencies;
  • Prepare students for entry level positions requiring a graduate degree, such as federal probation, parole and selective law enforcement agencies;
  • Develop, through faculty and graduate research, a criminal justice knowledge base concerning issues unique to the south Texas region, as well as Mexico and South America; and
  • Provide a resource for federal, state and local criminal justice agencies in need of administrative assistance in policy analysis, planning, development and program evaluation.

Time to Degree: 2 years

Total Credit Hours: 30 hours plus thesis or project; or in lieu six (6) additional hours of coursework and a pass in a comprehensive examination.

Area of Concentration: Policing; Corrections; CJ Theories; Etc.

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