A Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas improves your ability to take informed and thoughtful actions as a scholar, administrator, researcher, police officer, probation officer or caseworker in the criminal justice system.
This is accomplished through an exceptional curriculum that provides you an understanding of the nature and scope of problems posed by crime and the operation and administration of the criminal justice system. You'll examine these areas from theoretical, practical and empirical perspectives.
You can pursue your degree as part of a campus- based program or entirely online, allowing you to take advantage of your particular learning style and better balance your work, personal and academic obligations.
The campus-based program features thesis and non-thesis options. Our programs also offer:
Faculty members have a diverse range of educational and professional backgrounds. In addition to teaching courses, they assist the Department of Criminal Justice in applied research projects, program evaluation studies and scholarly research. Some of their current research focuses on:
UNT provides a wide variety of services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research offers assistance with statistical research.
The Toulouse Graduate School ® offers several professional development workshops, including a Thesis Boot Camp. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.
The department maintains different admission requirements for the campus-based and online programs. For both, you'll need to meet the graduate school's admission requirements, which are outlined at gradschool.unt.edu . The additional requirements for each program are outlined below.
The personal statement should explain your career goals, reasons for pursuing a master's degree, previous experience in criminal justice and research, and any personal background information relevant to the admission decision.
The statement and letters of recommendation (for online program applicants) should be emailed to MSCJ-Advising@unt.edu or mailed to:
University of North Texas
Department of Criminal Justice
1155 Union Circle #305130
Denton, Texas 76203-5017
All application materials for the campus-based program must be received by June 15 for fall admission or Oct. 15 for spring admission. The online program's application materials must be received by Aug. 1 for fall admission or Dec. 1 for spring admission. New students aren't admitted for the summer semesters.
Scott H. Belshaw , Associate Professor; Ph.D., Prairie View A&M University. Juvenile delinquency; criminal justice ethics; criminal law; sentencing; capital punishment; private security and investigations.
Jessica Craig, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas. Criminological theory; life course and developmental criminology; white-collar crime; juvenile delinquency.
Andrekus Dixon , Lecturer; M.S., University of North Texas. Capital punishment; criminal law; juvenile justice; victims rights; ethics; criminology.
Eric J. Fritsch , Professor and Department Chair; Ph.D., Sam Houston State University. Juvenile justice policy; gangs and intervention strategies; evaluation research; organizational assessment; policing; legal issues in criminal justice; research methods; violent juvenile delinquency.
Peter Johnstone , Professor; Ph.D., London Guildhall University (United Kingdom). Criminal law; money laundering; white collar crime; policing; comparative justice systems; study abroad.
Michael Krenek, Lecturer; M.S., University of North Texas, FBI Special Agent (Retired). Policing, Criminal Investigation, Interviewing and Interrogation, Crisis Negotiation, Law Enforcement Stress Issues, Wrongful Convictions and Criminal Justice Administration.
Andra Lewis , Lecturer; M.S., University of New Haven. Fingerprints; trace evidence; crime scene reconstruction; blood- spatter analysis.
Brooke Miller , Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas. Computer crime; victimization; criminological theories; cyber offending and victimization.
Mark Saber, Lecturer; Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas. Firearm ownership, protective gun ownership; criminological theory.
Peggy M. Tobolowsky , Professor; J.D., George Washington University. Criminal law and procedure; crime victim issues; capital punishment.
Adam Trahan , Associate Professor; Ph.D., Indiana University. Capital punishment; jury behavior; organized and white collar crime; organizational culture and deviance; criminological and sociolegal theory.
Chad R. Trulson , Professor; Ph.D., Sam Houston State University. Juvenile delinquency and justice; federal court intervention and prison violence; race relations in prison; capital punishment
Robert Wall, Lecturer; MS, University of North Texas; Forensics, Eyewitness Evidence, Policing and Police Procedures, White Collar Crime and Fraud.