Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

Program Information
Degree Plan Options

Degree Plan - Criminal Justice

Credit Hours

36 Credit Hours

Delivery Methods

Online traditional

Tuition & Fees

Rates per semester

Admission Policy and Procedures

Course Rotation

Program Handbook

Declaration of Comprehensive Exams

Declaration of Thesis Defense

Thesis Committee Approval

This 36-hour graduate criminal justice program leads to a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.

This program will prepare you with a foundation in advanced criminal justice studies and the tools necessary to enable you to advance more rapidly in your career. With this degree, you will be prepared for success in a variety of criminal justice careers such as law enforcement, corrections, and social services. The UHV criminal justice M.A. program is online, which makes it a great option for working professionals pursuing careers in the criminal justice field or for those who live outside of Victoria, Texas.

There are two tracks, thesis and non-thesis. Both tracks require 24 credit hours of core coursework. The thesis track includes 6 hours of thesis research and coursework in addition to 6 hours of elective courses. Thesis research and coursework will give students experience in inquiry and research to prepare them for advanced studies at the doctoral level or further research opportunities. The non-thesis track requires 12 hours of elective courses and includes a comprehensive examination. Click on Degree Plans to learn more. 

The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice prepares students in a variety of careers, including:

  • Federal Special Agent
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff
  • Police Officer
  • Department of Public Safety Officer
  • Juvenile/Adult Corrections Officer
  • Probation/Parole Officer

Program Details

  • Program length:  36 Credit Hours
  • Enrollment options: Fall, Spring
  • Modality: 100% online
  • Costs: $467/credit – Tuition Calculator
  • GRE Required: Waiver available
  • References Required: Yes - 2
  • Other Admission Requirements: 1-2 page essay

All applications (including all required documents) must be completed by the following dates:

Fall Admission

  • Priority: June 1st
  • Standard: August 1st

Spring Admission

  • Priority: November 1st
  • Standard: December 1st

Students may start the criminal justice M.A. program during fall or spring semesters.

Required Coursework (36 Semester Hours)

  • CRIJ 6314 Advanced Ethics of Social Control
  • CRIJ 6315 History of Criminal Justice
  • CRIJ 6316 Race, Gender, and Justice
  • CRIJ 6317 White Collar Crime
  • CRIJ 6321 Research Methods I
  • CRIJ 6322 Research Methods II
  • CRIJ 6330 Criminological Theory
  • CRIJ 6332 Administration and Budgets
  • CRIJ 6300 Selected Topics in Criminal Justice
  • CRIJ 6310 American Corrections
  • CRIJ 6311 American Courts
  • CRIJ 6312 American Policing
  • CRIJ 6313 Advanced Crime on the Dark Web
  • CRIJ 6308 Master’s Thesis*
  • CRIJ 6309 Master’s Thesis*

*CRIJ 6308 and CRIJ 6309 are required for students on the thesis track


Graduate Admissions

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Graduate Recruiter
Angela Simmons
(281) 396-3704

Academic Advisor (Current students)
Jennifer Reeder