Program Overview

Tarleton State University offers an online Master of Criminal Justice degree designed to give students a broad education and imbue them with skills to navigate the advancement process in the criminal justice profession. 

The Master of Criminal Justice is a 36-hour program.  The required courses include Statistics, Criminology, The Criminal Justice System, Legal Aspects, Research Methods, Management of Criminal Justice Personnel, and 6 hours of Special Topics.  The student must also choose three hours from the following courses The American Judiciary, Corrections, and Policing.  Additionally six hours must be chosen from The American Judiciary, Juvenile, Corrections, Advanced Ethics, and Problems in Criminal Justice.

Admission requirements include a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution (or its equivalent), a GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of completed coursework, a graduate application fee with accompanying essay, submission of a GRE, GMAT or MAT score, and an official transcript.  Conditional admission is granted for those whose GPA was less than 2.5 on the last 60 hours of their coursework.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    School Overview

    Tarleton State University is a state university, located in Stephenville, Texas, that is well-known for their horse breeding program and innovative teacher education. Founded in 1899, Tarleton State is known for having one of the largest and oldest public school improvement partnerships helping more than 50 area school districts. In 1917, Tarleton became a member of the Texas A&M University System and, in 1959, it became a four-year degree granting institution. In 1973, the school gained status as a university. Today, TSU is one of the country’s fasting growing public universities and is recorded as the second largest institution in the Texas A&M system.

    Tarleton offers associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from the following colleges:

    • College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
    • College of Business Administration
    • College of Education
    • College of Health Sciences and Human Services
    • College of Liberal and Fine Arts
    • College of Science and Technology
    • College of Graduate Studies

    Several of the bachelor's and master's degrees are offered completely online.


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