M.A. in Criminology & Criminal Justice


The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice (CRCJ) at UTA is home to one of the largest undergraduate programs in Texas.  The B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice degree program at UTA Fort Worth is intended for students that are either core complete or nearing completion. This hybrid program offers maximum flexibility to working professionals and those who are balancing busy schedules. Students will benefit from taking both face-to-face and online classes.

Although the sequence of classroom-based courses is predetermined, students are able to select online elective courses based on availability and preferences. This format allows students to complete their degree in just 2 years if core complete.  Students are taught by a diverse faculty that includes strong scholars, teachers, and practitioners who provide a balance of instruction between theory, research, and practice.

With a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, you can work providing services in:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Probation and Parole
  • Court Systems
  • Corporate Security
  • Homeland Security
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Legal Services
  • Loss Prevention/Asset Protection

    B.A. in CRCJ Hybrid Completion Program Benefits:
  • Complete your Bachelor’s degree in just 2 years (additional coursework may be required based on transfer credit)
  • Consistent daytime schedule for face-to-face classes and a wide range of electives available online
  • Smaller, more intimate classes that support collaboration and networking
  • Internship practicums available to provide opportunities to connect academic experiences to practical situations
  • Student organizations include The Society of Criminal Justice Students (SCJS) and Alpha Phi Sigma (APS), the Criminal Justice Honor Society
  • Conveniently located near public transportation in Downtown Fort Worth


There are 2 categories of coursework required for the B.A. in CRCJ: University Core Curriculum and Hybrid Completion Program Curriculum.

  • University Core Curriculum (Required of all Undergraduate Students)
    • For students completing the B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice at UTA Fort Worth, University Core Curriculum requirements are completed either before entering the degree program or during summers and intersessions while proceeding through the program. Please consult with your advisor to create a plan for completing the Core Curriculum.
    • Students may transfer up to 72 hours of credit towards the B.A. in CRCJ
    • The B.A. in CRCJ completion program in Fort Worth is designed in a hybrid format, consisting of 2 face-to-face and 2-3 online classes per Fall and Spring semester
    • Face-to-face classes meet at UTA Fort Worth on Monday/Wednesday from 10-11:20am and 11:30-12:50pm
    • NOTE: At least 36 hours of coursework must be in 3000/4000 level courses

Additional resources for students transferring from Tarrant County College:


Prospective students interested in attending classes at UTA Fort Worth must be admitted by The University of Texas at Arlington. Students should be core complete or nearing completion.

Undergraduate Admission to UTA

Becoming a CRCJ Major at UTA Fort Worth

A criminology and criminal justice undergraduate degree requires 120 hours of study. For the Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice (CRCJ), students complete the UTA Core (Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board-approved core curriculum requirements), the CRCJ Core Curriculum and a select number of general electives.

The following steps are necessary in order to become a CRCJ major at UTA Fort Worth:

1. Once admitted as a UTA student, declare CRCJ as an intended major with a UTA CRCJ academic advisor.

2. Students must earn a 2.5+ GPA in the first six hours of CRCJ courses to be admitted as a CRCJ major.

3. Students must maintain a 2.5+ GPA in CRCJ courses to remain a major and graduate.

4. Students must earn a C or better in all CRCJ courses


Undergraduate Transfer Admission to UTA

1. Complete the online application
You will need to apply using the ApplyTexas online application. Create your profile on the ApplyTexas website to get a username and password. APPLY TEXAS

  • Select “Create a New 4 Year University Undergraduate Admissions Application.”

  • Select The University of Texas at Arlington as the target university and “Transfer/Transient/Readmit” as the application type.

  • Complete Part I of the application. Part II and the essays are optional.

2. Pay your application fee
The application fee is $75. You can pay it with a credit card on the ApplyTexas application. If you do not pay the application fee through ApplyTexas, you can pay by credit card over the phone at 817-272-MAVS or by check or money order in person or through the mail.

3. Submit your transcripts, test scores, and documents
Once you’ve applied for admission, we’ll need you to submit your transcripts and other official documents to the Office of Admissions.

  • Submit your official college transcript(s) from all colleges and universities you’ve attended. The best and fastest method is electronically–sent directly from your college(s). However, UTA Office of Admissions will also accept transcripts by mail or in person. Transcripts older than 6 months will not be accepted.

  • If you have not earned 24 transferable college hours, you must also submit:

    • Your official high school transcript from your high school.

    • Your SAT or ACT scores.

  • Note about transferring credit: Shortly after you’ve been admitted to the University, your transfer credits will be evaluated and posted to your MyMav Student Center.

4. Contact a CRCJ Advisor
The CRCJ Advisor will help guide you through the admissions process, work with you to develop your degree plan, and answer any of your questions.

Amber Owens
CRCJ Undergraduate Advisor

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