Texas Criminal Justice Degrees & Programs

Texas is a large state with many possibilities for aspiring criminal justice specialists.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCR), who manages the prison and correctional facilities (state-run and private facilities) in the state, as well as oversight of parole and probation services, employs many different criminal justice graduates in Texas, including probation officers, correctional officers, inspector general, and parole officer positions.


Criminal Justice Programs in Texas

With 149 criminal justice schools; 148 undergraduate degrees and 26 graduate degrees, students can choose from a wide selection of schools and programs at various degree levels. These programs also offer students a variety of areas of study, including corrections, law enforcement, paralegal, criminal justice, legal assistant, homeland security and forensic science.

There are also a number of well-known criminal justice programs that are now offering criminal justice programs online at nearly every level, particularily Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Criminal Justice. See below for some well known schools, or our featured programs below that are online and accepting applicants from Texas.

Well-Known Justice & Law Schools in Texas

Sam Houston State University (SHSU), whose main campus is in Huntsville, TX, is one of the more prestigious criminal justice programs in the United States as well as Texas. The College of Criminal Justice at SHSU offers undergraduate degrees, masters degrees, and Ph.D. program. There are multiple Master’s level specialties, including emphases on Administration, Leadership, Forensic Science, and Victim Services, as well as an Online program option.

The University of Texas-Austin (UT-Austin) offers several justice degrees, including a Master’s in Law with concentrations in energy, business, human rights and more, a Doctor of Jurisprudence, and a number of options for dual degrees involving the justice and law system.

Criminal Justice Scholarships Available in Texas

Texas offers criminal justice students assistance in the way of grants and scholarships.

Scholarships may come from organizations like the Texas State Police, who has awarded over $800,000 in scholarships over the past 7 years through the DPS Officers Association Scholarship Program.

In 2013 (the latest year with tallied scholarship amounts), the Texas DPS Troopers Foundation (AKA Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers Foundation) awarded 147 scholarships totaling $71,800.

Other scholarship opportunities include: Texas Police Association, Tyler Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association Scholarship, and Texas Association of Sheriffs.

The Texas Justice Court Training Center at Texas State University

An interesting resource for current elected officials – or those employed by elected officials – to gain education for opportunities as justices of the peace and constables and court personnel is The Texas Justice Court Training Center. The TJCTC ensures credibility for the justice courts, allowing the officials to give better public service for the people in the the State of Texas.


TX Criminal Justice Career & Employment Trending

Criminal justice wages for 2014 varied by occupation. Lawyers; detectives & criminal investigators; and social workers earned wages of $118,600, $85,200, and $65,700, respectively, and these wages were all higher than the national average.

Probation officers & correctional treatment specialists; judges; and police & sheriff’s patrol officers earned $40,000, $82,300 and $40,900, which were all below the national average. Criminal justice workers overall are expected to see excellent employment growth from 2012-2022, according to O*NET.

Police & sheriff’s patrol officers should see a seventeen percent growth and about 2,760 new job postings annually. Detectives & criminal investigators and first-line supervisors of police & detectives should see employment growths of eighteen percent and sixteen percent and should see 700 and 260 new job postings.

Lawyers should see a twenty-two percent growth and 1,800 new job postings while correctional officers & jailers should see sixteen percent job growth and 2,040 new job postings annually.


All Schools with Criminal Justice Programs in Texas

Featured online criminal justice programs accepting applicants from Texas

BS - Justice Administration, plus many more programs at all levels, online and over 55 different campus locations.

IL, ONLINE PROGRAMS 

Associate's, Bachelor's, and Master's degrees available at campus locations across the United States or 100% online.

Multiple Campus Locations, ONLINE PROGRAMS 

Campus-based criminal justice schools in Texas

Abilene Christian University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Abilene, TX 

Alvin Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science | Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Alvin, TX 

Amarillo College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration | Criminal Justice/Police Science Forensic Science and Technology


Amarillo, TX 

American InterContinental University-Houston
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Houston, TX 

Angelina College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science | Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Lufkin, TX 

Angelo State University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


San Angelo, TX 

Argosy University-Dallas
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Farmers Branch, TX 

Austin Community College District
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


Austin, TX 

Blinn College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science | Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Brenham, TX 

Brazosport College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Lake Jackson, TX 

Brookhaven College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Farmers Branch, TX 

Brown Mackie College-Dallas
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Bedford, TX 

Brown Mackie College-San Antonio
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


San Antonio, TX 

Cedar Valley College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Lancaster, TX 

Central Texas College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science | Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Killeen, TX 

Cisco College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Cisco, TX 

Clarendon College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Clarendon, TX 

Coastal Bend College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science | Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Forensic Science and Technology


Beeville, TX 

College of the Mainland
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science | Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Texas City, TX 

Collin County Community College District
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


McKinney, TX 

Dallas Baptist University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Dallas, TX 

Del Mar College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science | Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Corpus Christi, TX 

BS - Justice Administration, plus many more programs at all levels, online and over 55 different campus locations.

IL, ONLINE PROGRAMS 

East Texas Baptist University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Forensic Science and Technology


Marshall, TX 

Eastfield College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Mesquite, TX 

El Centro College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Dallas, TX 

El Paso Community College
Program Areas: Corrections and Criminal Justice Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


El Paso, TX 

Everest College-Dallas


Dallas, TX 

Everest College-Fort Worth


Fort Worth, TX 

Everest College-Fort Worth South


Ft Worth, TX 

Galveston College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science | Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Galveston, TX 

Grayson College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science | Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Forensic Science and Technology


Denison, TX 

Hardin-Simmons University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Abilene, TX 

Hill College
Program Areas: Corrections Corrections and Criminal Justice | Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Hillsboro, TX 

Houston Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Houston, TX 

Howard College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration | Criminal Justice/Police Science | Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Big Spring, TX 

Howard Payne University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Brownwood, TX 

Huston-Tillotson University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Austin, TX 

International Business College-El Paso
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


El Paso, TX 

Jarvis Christian College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Hawkins, TX 

Kaplan College-Arlington
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Arlington, TX 

Kaplan College-Beaumont
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Beaumont, TX 

Kaplan College-Corpus Christi
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Corpus Christi, TX 

Kaplan College-Dallas
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Dallas, TX 

Kaplan College-El Paso
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


El Paso, TX 

Kaplan College-Fort Worth
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Fort Worth, TX 

Kaplan College-Laredo
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Laredo, TX 

Kaplan College-Lubbock
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Lubbock, TX 

Kaplan College-McAllen
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


McAllen, TX 

Kaplan College-Midland
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Lubbock, TX 

Kaplan College-San Antonio-San Pedro
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


San Antonio, TX 

Kilgore College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration | Criminal Justice/Police Science


Kilgore, TX 

Lamar Institute of Technology
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Beaumont, TX 

Lamar State College-Orange
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Orange, TX 

Lamar State College-Port Arthur
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Port Arthur, TX 

Lamar University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Beaumont, TX 

Laredo Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science | Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Laredo, TX 

Lee College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Baytown, TX 

Lone Star College System
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


The Woodlands, TX 

Lubbock Christian University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Lubbock, TX 

McLennan Community College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science | Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Waco, TX 

Midland College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Midland, TX 

Midwestern State University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Wichita Falls, TX 

Mountain View College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Dallas, TX 

National American University-Austin
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Austin, TX 

National American University-Austin South
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Austin, TX 

National American University-Georgetown
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Georgetown, TX 

National American University-Lewisville
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Lewisville, TX 

National American University-Mesquite
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Mesquite, TX 

National American University-Richardson
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Richardson, TX 

Navarro College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Corsicana, TX 

North Central Texas College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Gainesville, TX 

Northeast Texas Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Mount Pleasant, TX 

Northwest Vista College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


San Antonio, TX 

Odessa College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Odessa, TX 

Our Lady of the Lake University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


San Antonio, TX 

Palo Alto College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


San Antonio, TX 

Panola College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Carthage, TX 

Paris Junior College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Paris, TX 

Paul Quinn College
Program Areas: Corrections and Criminal Justice | Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Dallas, TX 

Prairie View A & M University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Juvenile Corrections


Prairie View, TX 

Remington College-Dallas Campus
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Garland, TX 

Remington College-Fort Worth Campus
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Fort Worth, TX 

Remington College-Houston Campus
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Houston, TX 

Remington College-North Houston Campus
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Houston, TX 

Saint Edward’s University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Forensic Science and Technology


Austin, TX 

Sam Houston State University
Program Areas: Corrections and Criminal Justice | Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Forensic Science and Technology


Huntsville, TX 

San Antonio College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science | Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


San Antonio, TX 

San Jacinto Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Pasadena, TX 

South Plains College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration | Criminal Justice/Police Science | Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Levelland, TX 

South Texas College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science | Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


McAllen, TX 

South University-Austin
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Austin, TX 

Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Big Spring, TX 

Southwest Texas Junior College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science | Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Uvalde, TX 

St Mary’s University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Forensic Science and Technology


San Antonio, TX 

St Philip’s College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


San Antonio, TX 

Stephen F Austin State University
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


Nacogdoches, TX 

Strayer University-Texas
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration | Criminal Justice/Police Science


Austin, TX 

Sul Ross State University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Alpine, TX 

Tarleton State University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Stephenville, TX 

Tarrant County College District
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science | Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Fort Worth, TX 

Temple College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Temple, TX 

Texarkana College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Texarkana, TX 

Texas A & M International University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration | Criminal Justice/Police Science


Laredo, TX 

Texas A & M University-Central Texas
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Killeen, TX 

Texas A & M University-College Station
Program Areas: Forensic Science and Technology


College Station, TX 

Texas A & M University-Commerce
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Commerce, TX 

Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Corpus Christi, TX 

Texas A & M University-Texarkana
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Texarkana, TX 

Texas Christian University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Fort Worth, TX 

Texas College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Tyler, TX 

Texas School of Business-Friendswood
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Friendswood, TX 

Texas School of Business-North Campus
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Houston, TX 

Texas Southern University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Houston, TX 

Texas State University
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration | Criminal Justice/Police Science | Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


San Marcos, TX 

Texas Tech University
Program Areas: Forensic Science and Technology


Lubbock, TX 

Texas Wesleyan University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Fort Worth, TX 

Texas Woman’s University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Denton, TX 

The University of Texas at Arlington
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Arlington, TX 

The University of Texas at Brownsville
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Forensic Science and Technology


Brownsville, TX 

The University of Texas at Dallas
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Richardson, TX 

The University of Texas at El Paso
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Forensic Science and Technology


El Paso, TX 

The University of Texas at San Antonio
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


San Antonio, TX 

The University of Texas at Tyler
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Tyler, TX 

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Odessa, TX 

The University of Texas-Pan American
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Edinburg, TX 

Trinity Valley Community College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


Athens, TX 

Tyler Junior College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration | Criminal Justice/Police Science Criminalistics and Criminal Science


Tyler, TX 

University of Houston-Downtown
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Houston, TX 

University of Houston-Victoria
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Victoria, TX 

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Belton, TX 

University of North Texas
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Denton, TX 

University of Phoenix-Dallas Campus
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Dallas, TX 

University of Phoenix-Houston Campus
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Houston, TX 

University of Phoenix-San Antonio Campus
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


San Antonio, TX 

University of the Incarnate Word
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


San Antonio, TX 

Vernon College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science | Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Vernon, TX 

Victoria College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Victoria, TX 

Associate's, Bachelor's, and Master's degrees available at campus locations across the United States or 100% online.

Multiple Campus Locations, ONLINE PROGRAMS 

Vista College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


El Paso, TX 

Wayland Baptist University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Plainview, TX 

Weatherford College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


Weatherford, TX 

West Texas A & M University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Canyon, TX 

Western Technical College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


El Paso, TX 

Western Texas College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Snyder, TX 

Wharton County Junior College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Wharton, TX 

Wiley College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration | Criminal Justice/Police Science


Marshall, TX