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Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs in Texas
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What Can I Do With My Master's in Criminal Justice in Texas?

As one of the largest states in the United States, Texas has a huge amount of funding in its criminal justice system. This doesn't mean that the system is flawless, though; in fact, the wide range of communities and metropolitan areas in Texas makes it fairly difficult to properly allocate money and reach safety goals.

Are you interested in tackling the criminal justice problems in Texas? If you are, find out how you can contribute by contacting criminal justice Master's programs in Texas.

Although Texas has a reputation for being exceptionally tough on crime, trends in criminal justice have led to laws and standards that focus on rehabilitation when appropriate. For example, a change in drug laws allowed a Texas jail to give early release to 600 prisoners, all of whom were nonviolent offenders (KXAN, 2015).

Another growing priority in Texas is mental health. Criminals appear to be at an increased risk of suicide in many situations. The criminal justice system has created new intake procedures to catch suicide risks, provide treatment, and provide additional monitoring (Texas Tribune, 2015).

With a Master's in criminal justice in Texas, you may have the qualifications needed for justice jobs with more responsibility. Job growth in these careers is promising; O*Net expects demand for correctional supervisors to grow 15% by 2022 (2015). They also predict a 10% increase in demand for probation officers (O*Net, 2015). While correctional supervisors in Texas earn an average of $43,100 per year, probation officers earn an average of $40,000 per year (O*Net, 2015).

What Will It Take to Earn My Criminal Justice Graduate Degree in Texas?

As is the case with most graduate programs, criminal justice programs in Texas typically require two years of full-time study. At the graduate level, this constitutes nine credits per semester.

Most graduate assistantships, which pay a significant part of your tuition and a monthly stipend, also require at least nine credits per semester.

Since reported tuition rates range from $700 per credit to $1700 per credit, assistantships and financial aid are very important. Beyond assistantships, look into scholarships funded by groups like the Sheriffs Association of Texas. Financial aid may also cover other educational expenses. Over the course of your graduate degree, you may spend approximately $1000 on books.

You must meet certain admissions requirements to start earning your Master's degree in criminal justice in Texas. Have your GRE scores sent to each school you are considering, since these scores are a significant part of the process. Texas schools also look for a GPA of 3.0 or higher on upper-level courses at the undergraduate level. This ensures that you are ready for the rigors of graduate study, which involves quite a bit of critical thinking, reasoning, and independent decision-making.

You may build your skills in criminal justice courses like:

  • Advanced Criminological Theory
  • Current Legal Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Administrative Law in Criminal Justice
  • Advanced Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • History and Philosophy of Justice

You may get practical experience in a variety of ways. An internship is excellent for getting references and making professional connections, but conducting research may be a better choice if you want to work in research after graduation. Some schools require the completion of a capstone project.

With all the different careers you can explore with a Master's degree, this is a great time to invest in your education. Request information from criminal justice graduate programs in Texas below.

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In addition to the campus based programs, there are numerous online programs available for many of the common Criminal Justice degree types (Associate, Bachelors, Masters, PhD) and specialties. Please feel free to use the links on the left-hand side of this page to explore some of the online degree programs available. Thanks for visiting!

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