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Why Pursue a Criminology & Criminal Justice Master's Degree

The Master’s in Criminology & Criminal Justice offers opportunities to network with like-minded students and develop skills in writing, research, critical thinking, and problem solving. Smaller class sizes allow for more individualized attention from UTSA faculty. This program also prepares graduate students to pursue a PhD if interested in teaching or research.

Faculty Research

Faculty research areas include:

  • Courts and sentencing
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Life course criminology
  • Community corrections
  • Legal issues Restorative and community justice
  • School bullying
  • Criminological theory

Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

Criminology & Criminal Justice (MS)
Admission is only available for the Fall semester
  Required Degree Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution
  Minimum GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Coursework 18 credit hours in an area related to this graduate degree and at least 12 hours must be at the upper-division level
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions. Submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  TOEFL/IELTS Score 550 TOEFL Paper / 79 TOEFL Internet / 6.5 IELTS scores for International applicants (exempt countries). Scores are currently waived for this program for the 2022-23 academic year.
  Purpose Statement Required
  Resume Required
  Letters of Recommendation 2 letter(s) of recommendation demonstrating your academic and personal attributes for success in this program (you will request these through the Graduate Admissions Application; let your recommenders know of your deadline to ensure submissions are on time)
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however, if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
Apply using 2021-22 Graduate Application Apply using 2022-23 Graduate Application

Admission Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation, if applicable, must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

Criminology & Criminal Justice (MS)
Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on the 15th of each month starting January through July. Decisions will be made and sent to applicants within a few weeks after the review date.
  Fall Spring Summer
Priority April 15 Not Available Not Available
International June 1 Not Available Not Available
Domestic July 1 Not Available Not Available

Funding Opportunities

Career Options

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.


All graduate courses for the Master of Science in Criminology & Criminal Justice are offered in the evening at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

Graduate Advisor of Record

Megan Augustyn, PhD

(210) 458-2976

megan.augustyn@utsa.edu