The University of Texas-Pan American’s (UTPA) Department of Criminal Justice Graduate Program offers a Master of Science (MS) in Criminal Justice. This is a 36-semester hour program requiring 30-36 semester hours of graduate level course work and allowing thesis, applied research project, or additional course work options
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.
UTPA is a regional university situated in the culturally diverse area of South Texas known as the Rio Grande Valley. The university has a current enrollment of about 18,000. The main campus, located in the city of Edinburg, few miles to the Mexican border and over 70 miles from South Padre Island, provide students with ample opportunities for both research and recreation.