Program Overview

The mission of the Department of Administration of Justice at Texas Southern University is to educate students for careers and community service within a perse urban environment through the development of specialized knowledge and skills needed for effective public service. The Department strives to prepare students not only with facts and concepts, but also, more importantly, to think critically and ethically in applying knowledge to related problems and challenging situations. 

The objectives of the Department of Administration of Justice are to prepare professionals and change agents to serve as future leaders at the local, state and national level as well as globally, provide students with an understanding of justice agencies in the United States, and prepare students to apply their knowledge of justice theories, research methods, and statistics to the administration and management of justice agencies.

The graduate program is designed to advance students’ understanding of justice in the contemporary era, and prepares them for challenges in law enforcement, corrections, and judicial administration. The program will prepare academicians, policy makers, top administrators and researchers by advancing their knowledge of theory, research and data analysis. In addition, the program places emphasis on the historical and contemporary issues in administrative and policy matters, including race and crime, homeland security, and the application of geographic information systems. In order to accommodate the needs of our professional graduate students, the Department of Administration of Justice offers its courses in the evening. 

The program consists of 36 semester credit hours as follows: eighteen semester hours of core courses; six semester hours of thesis (for the thesis option) or six required courses for non-thesis option; and twelve semester hours of elective courses.

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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

    Texas Southern University was established in 1927 and operates today as a public, 4-year institution of higher learning located in the city of Houston, Texas. In 1927, Houston’s school board approved the funding of an African American junior college called the Colored Junior College. The success of the school was immediate and by 1931 the school received approval by the Southern Association of Colleges. Once the school incorporated four-year programs, it was renamed Houston College for Negroes. Throughout the mid-twentieth century, the school continued moving forward, adding graduate programs and a law school, changing names once more. Then, in 1951, students petitioned to have the school renamed and the title Texas Southern University came into existence.

    Located just minutes from downtown Houston, the public Texas Southern University currently awards bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as doctoral programs. TSU houses ten colleges and schools along with several scholastic and research programs. TSU also supports online degrees and certificates.


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