Academic Programs

The academic programs hosted by the College of Criminal Justice are among the most respected degrees in the nation. The college continues to set the national standard for criminal justice degree programs through challenging and dynamic courses.

We pride ourselves on our status as one of the top criminal justice colleges in the country and the successful careers in criminal justice our students have earned through their education.

We provide the support of both world-renowned faculty and state-of-the-art technology to assist our students in achieving their professional and academic goals. Below are links to the programs we offer, covering areas of focus from our criminal justice undergraduate degree, forensic science masters degree, victim services management masters degreeand a variety of online criminal justice degrees.


  • Criminal Justice Ph.D. Program: A sample of our doctoral curriculum as well as program requirements, financial assistance information, and academic advising.
  • Criminal Justice Masters Programs: Criminal justice masters degrees that focus on Criminal Justice (MA), Forensic Science (MS), Security Studies (MS), Criminal Justice Leadership and Management (MS) (online and weekend formats), and victim services management (MS).
  • Undergraduate Criminal Justice Programs: Our criminal justice bachelors degree programs are embedded in a liberal arts education and require a minimum of 120 credit hours.
  • Online Criminal Justice Programs: Our nationally ranked online degree programs combine the convenience of an online education with the prestige of a degree from the College of Criminal Justice. Our online military degree programs earned Sam Houston State University a G.I. Jobs 2013 Military Friendly School acknowledgement.

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