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Criminal Justice

Ph.D. Program Director
Dr. Wesley Jennings
Hill House, Room 125

Texas State’s location provides an ideal site for a doctoral program in criminal justice. Situated in the heart of Central Texas, the university is near the state criminal justice agencies for law enforcement, criminal courts and corrections with access to the managers and executives in these agencies.

Degree Course Work Dissertation Total Hours
Ph.D. 41 hours 12 hours 53 hours

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall March 15 March 1
Spring No Admission No Admission
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
The deadlines to apply for certain types of funding may be earlier than the deadline above.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. International applicants, please visit our international web pages for additional requirements.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review the instructions for submitting your ApplyTexas application.

Application Fee(s)

  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)

  Review the instructions for submitting your application fee(s).

Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • master's degree in criminal justice or a related field from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each four-year institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.5 GPA in all completed graduate course work

  Review the instructions for submitting your transcripts. Official transcripts will be required if admission is granted.

GRE Scores

  • official GRE scores required with a preferred minimum of 300 (verbal and quantitative sections combined) with no less than 150 in the verbal section and 150 in the quantitative section

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.


  • statement of purpose describing your personal history and life goals that are relevant to obtaining a doctoral degree
  • three letters of recommendation indicating your skills and capacity to be successful in the Ph.D. program

  Review the instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU) to submit your documents. You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.