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.