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Criminal Justice

Ph.D. Program Director
Dr. Wesley Jennings
wgj12@txstate.edu
512.245.3331
Hill House, Room 125

Advisor Support
Courtney Graham
c_g508@txstate.edu
512.245.2174
Hines Academic Center, Room 121

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. 39 hours 12 hours 51 hours

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority February 1 February 1
Fall - Standard 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
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

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Application Fee(s)

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

  Effective Fall 2019 and beyond

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
    OR
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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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 important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted. 


GRE Scores

  • official GRE (general test only) 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

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Documents

  • 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 important information about documents, including the submission instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU). You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


TOEFL or IELTS Scores

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.

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