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Criminal Justice

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Scott Bowman
Hill House, Room 108D

The faculty in criminal justice are recognized nationally and internationally for their commitment to outstanding teaching, cutting-edge research and unparalleled service to the field. Their broad practical experiences and diverse academic backgrounds contribute to a curriculum that provides students the skills needed for criminal justice program planning, implementation and evaluation.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.S.C.J. 36 Non-Thesis Minor required
M.S.C.J. 36 Thesis Minor required
M.S.C.J. 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.S.C.J. 36 Thesis No minor

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority February 15 February 15
Fall - Standard June 15 June 1
Spring -Priority August 15 August 15
Spring - Standard October 15 October 1
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadlines 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

  Review the instructions for submitting your ApplyTexas application.

Application Fee(s)

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

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

Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree in criminal justice or related field from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each four-year institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

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

GRE Scores

  • official GRE (general test only) scores required with a preferred competitive minimum

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.


  • additional documents not required

  For the Fall 2018 term and beyond: 

  • statement of purpose

  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.