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Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice


PHD Group 2016The School of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Texas State University offers a doctoral program for (1) criminal justice professionals who seek advanced education and (2) students who will pursue academic appointments at colleges and universities in Texas and around the nation. Texas State University is located in the heart of the central Texas corridor, near sixteen state criminal justice offices and thirteen Texas counties, including Travis (Austin) and Bexar (San Antonio). The university's geographic proximity to state criminal justice agency headquarters for law enforcement, criminal courts, and corrections, and to managers and executives in these agencies, makes it an ideal location for offering a doctoral-degree program.

The doctoral program is part of a vibrant department, with approximately 1,300 bachelor's students and 40 master's students. Our faculty are involved in a wide range of research. The School of Criminal Justice and Criminology also administers a number of institutes and centers, including the Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation.

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Most courses are offered in the evenings or on weekends for the convenience of working professionals. Students are classified as either full-time (nine hours per semester) or part-time. All students will be given the opportunity to initiate, complete, present, and publish original research.

Each student develops an appropriate degree plan to meet his/her career and academic goals. The degree plan will include a mix of theoretical, analytical, and elective courses that will prepare students to work independently and in multidisciplinary teams.

Doctoral Program Coordinator
School of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone 512.245.5410
Fax 512.245.8063