M.A. in Criminology & Criminal Justice

M.A. in Criminology & Criminal Justice

The Master of Arts in Criminology & Criminal Justice program at UTA Fort Worth will provide you with the knowledge and skills to advance your criminal justice career. The program offers a comprehensive study of the justice system, with courses that include training in research practices and statistics, policy analysis, ethics and personnel administration. Taught by faculty selected specifically for their professional accomplishments and expertise in areas such as terrorism, gangs, and white collar crime.

During the 21-month program, you will learn to utilize critical thinking skills and ethical leadership practices required by agencies and organizations within the criminal justice system. For added convenience, classes are offered in an accelerated lock-step format, and meet only 1-2 nights per week.

Program highlights:

  • Completed in just 21 months
  • 36 hours of fully accredited coursework
  • Cohort, team-based approach
  • No thesis required
  • Taught 100% by full-time, tenured faculty
  • Affordable tuition
  • GRE substitution available
  • Convenient downtown Fort Worth location


The MA degree in criminology and criminal justice requires a minimum of 36 semester hours, regardless of the option selected, and includes 18 semester hours of required core coursework.

The number of semester hours available for electives ranges from a minimum of 12 to 18, depending on the option selected (thesis or non-thesis). Ordinarily, elective hours are taken in areas of particular interest to the student, with the advice and approval of the Graduate Advisor.12-18

All candidates for the graduate degree must pass a final comprehensive examination, written, oral, or both written and oral. The scope, content, and form of this examination will be determined by the student’s supervising committee.


Admissions Requirements

The criminology and criminal justice graduate program adheres to the following admission criteria:

Unconditional Admission
In addition to having satisfied the requirements set forth by the UT Arlington Graduate School, as outlined in the Graduate Catalog, applicants seeking unconditional admission to the CRCJ program are required to meet the following four criteria:

  • A baccalaureate degree in criminology/criminal justice or related discipline. Applicants with baccalaureate degrees in other disciplines may be considered for probationary admission.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work as calculated by the Graduate School.
  • A minimum of 440 on the verbal and quantitative subtests of the GRE or the applicant meets the following requirements necessary to substitute the GRE:• 3 or more years of professional experience with increasing responsibility in managerial or administrative positions in a criminal justice (or closely related) occupation. Applicant must provide a detailed work history documenting this experience.
    • An acceptable sample of professional writing authored solely by the applicant. This will be evaluated to assess writing and analytic skills.
    • Successful completion of a personal interview with the program advisor, where credentials, goals and objectives of graduate studies, and the applicant’s views related to the study and profession of Criminology/Criminal Justice will be discussed.
  • Submit 3 letters of recommendation to program advisor, addressing the applicant’s potential for success in the graduate program, from persons knowledgeable of the applicant’s abilities.

Applicants meeting criteria 1-4 will be considered for unconditional admission into the CRCJ Graduate Program. Applicants who have an appropriate baccalaureate degree but do not meet 1 of the remaining 3 criteria may be considered for probationary admission.

Probationary Admission
Applicants who fail to meet the 4 criteria requirements for unconditional admission may be considered for probationary admission.  Applicants who fail to meet the GPA or GRE requirements for unconditional admission may be granted probationary admission if the GPA falls between 2.5 and 3.0 and the remainder of the application package is satisfactory.  Applicants admitted on probation will remain in that status until completing 12 hours of graduate coursework with no grade lower than a B.

Deferred Admission
In the event an applicant does not meet the minimum criteria established for unconditional or probationary admission, yet nonetheless is judged by the graduate advisor, in consultation with the CRCJ Graduate Studies Committee, to show promise, the admission decision may be deferred, with instructions provided to the student indicating the course of action to be taken prior to subsequent review.  Admission decisions may also be deferred if the application package is incomplete.

Provisional Admission
An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline, but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Applicants who do not satisfy all of the criteria for any of the above categories will be denied admission.

Application Procedures

The following documents must be received for consideration of admission.

  • Submit online application at applytexas.org
    • Please note “Cohort” on the application
  • Submit application fee online ($75 – U.S. citizens and permanent residents with no foreign transcripts/$90 – applicants with foreign coursework)
  • Submit official transcripts from each college or university you attended to the Office of Admissions. Currently enrolled or former UTA students do not need to request their UTA transcript. If you have foreign coursework, you must submit official foreign transcripts, or marksheets and diplomas, that bear the original university seal and original signature of the Registrar. View our Official Transcript Guidelines for more information. (View transcript guidelines)
  • Submit official GRE or GMAT scores – official test score reports should be sent directly from the testing agency. UTA’s ETS institutional code is 6013. Individuals may be eligible to receive a 50 percent GRE Fee Reduction voucher for the general test and/or a subject test. Visit the GRE website to learn more about the GRE Fee Reduction Program. (GRE Fee Reduction Program)
  • Submit 3 letters of recommendation – addressing the applicant’s potential for success in the graduate program from persons knowledgeable of the applicant’s abilities
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