Criminal Justice

Masterís Degree Program


Graduate opportunities

A Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas improves your ability to take informed and thoughtful actions as an administrator, researcher, police officer, probation officer or caseworker in the criminal justice system.

Our exceptional curriculum provides you with an understanding of the nature and scope of problems posed by crime and the operation and administration of the criminal justice system. Youíll examine these areas from theoretical, practical and empirical standpoints. We also offer:

  • Opportunities to participate in research under a faculty memberís direction
  • Prospects for earning academic credit through an internship
  • Specialized electives so you can tailor your degree to your professional and personal goals
  • Study abroad opportunities

Faculty members have a diverse range of educational and professional backgrounds. In addition to teaching courses, they assist the department in applied research projects, program evaluation studies and scholarly research. Some of their current research focuses on:

  • Capital punishment
  • Criminalistics
  • Homeland security
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Police operations and tactics
  • Prison violence
  • Victimization
  • White collar crime

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

Youíll need to meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate Schoolģ and the Department of Criminal Justice. The departmentís requirements include:

  • Completed application on file with the graduate school
  • Verbal and analytical writing GRE scores on file with the graduate school
  • Personal statement
  • Transcripts on file with the graduate school with a minimum 2.8 GPA overall or minimum 3.0 GPA on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work

The personal statement should explain your career goals, your reasons for pursuing a masterís degree, previous experience in criminal justice and research and any personal background information relevant to the admission decision. The statement should be emailed to adam.trahan@unt.edu or mailed to:

Adam Trahan

University of North Texas

Department of Criminal Justice

1155 Union Circle #305130

Denton, Texas 76203-5017

The GRE scores and personal statement must be filed by Aug. 1 for fall admission or Dec. 1 for spring admission. Application deadlines are set by the graduate school. New students are not admitted for the summer semesters.

Degree requirements

Non-thesis option

  • 12 semester hours of core curriculum
  • 24 semester hours of electives
  • Written comprehensive exam
  • Thesis option (requires departmental consent)

  • 12 semester hours of core curriculum
  • 15 semester hours of electives
  • 3 semester hours of criminal justice statistics
  • 6 semester hours of a thesis course
  • Oral exam in conjunction with a thesis defense
  • Financial assistance

    You can apply for financial assistance from national, state, university and departmental resources. The department offers the Tory J. Caeti Memorial Scholarship, which helps cover expenses for one academic year. You can get more information from the Toulouse Graduate School or the Department of Criminal Justice.