What will I learn?

Are you interested in understanding the causes and consequences of criminal behavior? Do you want to learn about how the police, courts, and corrections respond to crime? If you are motivated to help build a safer, more just society, you may want to study criminal justice.

UTSA’s Criminal Justice Program

UTSA’s Criminology and Criminal Justice degree includes subjects like policing, investigations, forensic science, violent crime, the legal system, victimology and more. You’ll take classes at the Downtown Campus, which grants convenient access to both downtown San Antonio and dozens of nearby internship opportunities from local, county, state and federal agencies.

Looking to get out of the country? You could even travel to Spain as part of a study abroad program that engages students in a comparative study of criminal justice. This program provides the opportunity to become a well-rounded graduate in an increasingly globalized world and to pursue professional careers in government or the private sector as well as apply to law or graduate schools. You could also work to improve government institutions that deter and mitigate crime and promote a safer community for all.

After you receive your degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice at UTSA, you will

Understand the causes and consequences of crime and the criminal justice system, including police, courts and corrections.
Be able to identify effective policies and practices to address crime and justice issues.
Understand research practices and be able to critically evaluate criminal justice studies.

Skills and Interests for Criminology and Criminal Justice Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Criminology and Criminal Justice may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy working with others
• You like being physically active
• You enjoy learning
• You like solving puzzles and problems
• You are a good planner

Careers in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Top job titles for Criminology and Criminal Justice graduates include:

• Investigator
• Police Officer
• Probation Officer
• Security Officer
• Police Chief

Which department am I in?

College for Health, Community and Policy

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
$25,606.00 (19,00,925) per year
Application deadline

1 November 2021

Start date

23 August 2021, 18 January 2022


College for Health, Community and Policy

501 W Cesar Chavez Blvd,



78207, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Minimum 2.5 GPA (4.0 scale)

For international students

Possess equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma

Minimum 2.5 GPA (4.0 scale)

English Language Proficiency:

A TOEFL Internet-Based Test (IBT) score of 79 or greater.

A TOEFL Paper-Based Test (PBT) score of 550 or greater.

An IELTS score of 6.5 or greater.

A PTE Academic score of 58 or greater.

A Cambridge C1 Advanced minimum scale 180 grade C or higher.

Application Deadlines:

Fall: June 1

Spring: Nov 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.