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Bachelor of Science Degree

What is the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BS) degree?

The Bachelor of Science degree is structured as a 120 credit program.  Classes are offered at the main campus in Stephenville, and at the Forth Worth, Midlothian and Waco campuses.  Many classes are offered online and more are being added each semester.

What classes do I need to complete a BS in Criminal Justice degree?

Please go to the following link to view the BS in Criminal Justice degree plan: BS Degree Plan.  A summary of each class can be found on: TSU Catalog, BS in CJ.

All lower level courses may be taken at other Texas community colleges prior to enrolling with Tarleton. Please check the degree plan first to see what lower level courses Tarleton requires for graduation.

I have credits from another college; will you accept any or all of them?

Yes, credits are accepted from all Regionally Accredited Institutions. Credits from community colleges in Texas that match the core requirements for lower level courses will transfer as well. Please refer to the specific degree plan to see what lower lever courses are necessary for each degree. TSU requires that a student complete at least 30 credits at TSU. To find out which credits will transfer, please contact Admissions (Transfer students).

When is the deadline to submit my application?

Please visit the Admissions Office for all forms, requirements and deadlines.

How much will it cost?

TSU is a very cost effective State University with reasonable tuition rates. Our Admissions Office is a good place to start in order to calculate your college costs. The Tuition Cost Calculator is a helpful tool to answer all your questions.

Financial Aid and Scholarships are also available to help out with college costs.

Are there any internship opportunities?

Yes, students have internship opportunities with the Erath County Sheriff’s Office, Stephenville Police Department, Dublin Police Department, Granbury Police Department, Tarleton State University Police, Erath County Court Security, District Attorney’s office, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and Juvenile Probation to name a few.

What CJ activities outside of a classroom can I participate in?

The Criminal Justice Department at Tarleton invites CJ students to join the Criminal Justice Association and Alpha Phi Sigma in order to promote teamwork, leadership, camaraderie, and public service. Every semester brings new field trips, guest speakers, and community service projects. The Criminal Justice Association also has a rifle team, tee-shirt design contests and conference trips. Alpha Phi Sigma is a national criminal justice honor society with a local chapter at Tarleton.

Is advisement available for students?

Yes, The program employs a student advisor specifically for this degree.

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science Degree

What is the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science in Criminal Justice (BAAS) degree?

The BAAS program is designed for employees of the criminal justice system. The 33 credits, out of the 120 necessary for graduation, are awarded for documented training from an authoritative agency. Training is accepted from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE), certifiable military police training, federal criminal justice training and recognized training from other states. If you have any questions on whether your training and experience will convert into college credits, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How much will it cost?

TSU is a very cost effective State University with reasonable tuition rates. Our Admissions Office is a good place to start in order to calculate your college costs. The Tuition Cost Calculator is a helpful tool to answer all your questions.

Financial Aid and Scholarships are also available to help out with college costs.

What classes do I need to complete a BAAS degree?

Please view the BAAS degree plan for the classes. Credit for TCLEOSE/military training will be provided under the “CJ Elective” section.

What type of military training will you accept for the BAAS degree?

As long as your military training relates to criminal justice, we will be able to convert it into college credits (up to 33 credits) under this program. You will need to provide us with a detailed description of your training (similar to an AARTS transcript), and any specialized classes you’ve taken throughout your military career. We will do our best to work with you to convert your military training into college credits.

Can the entire BAAS degree be accomplished online?

Most likely. The Core Curriculum (lower level) classes can be taken online at most Texas community colleges, and the Criminal Justice Curriculum section offers online classes at different times throughout the academic year to include the summer semesters I and II.

Is advisement available for students?

Yes, The program employs a student advisor specifically for this degree.

Masters of Criminal Justice

What is the Master of Criminal Justice degree?

The MCJ Professional Track ( a non- thesis track) is structured as a 36 credit degree program. Our online graduate program provides you with a broad-based education and is designed give you the skills and knowledge required to successfully navigate the competitive process to advance your objectives. Please go to Graduate Handbook to read more on the MCJ program.

Why should I enroll in Master of Criminal Justice Degree?

Your interest in the Master of Criminal Justice degree is consistent with a growing national trend.  Choosing to pursue a graduate degree in this field will lead to exciting and rewarding work in criminal justice service.  The Professional Track degree plan provides a broad-based education designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to successfully navigate the competitive process and to  advance in a criminal justice profession.

What are the admission requirements?

The MCJ Professional Track is structured as a 36 credit degree program.

The first stage of academic preparation may consist of an BA degree or BS degree in Criminal Justice from a regionally accrediting college (SACS).

  • Submit an Application for Admission to the College of Graduate Studies at least one month before the beginning of the term desired.
  • Request official transcripts of your academic records from all institutions of college or university standing which you have attended to be sent to the Graduate Office.
  • Submit GRE, GMAT or MAT scores to the Graduate Office at the time the application is made to qualify for full admission. Conditional admission without exam requires a 3.0 GPA on last 60 hours and is limited to one semester (including summer).
  • Include a 200 to 300 word essay by the applicant addressing personal and career goals for graduate study.
  • Include with your application a non-refundable application fee of $30.00. Please do not include cash. Checks should be made payable to Tarleton State University.
How much will it cost?

TSU is a very cost effective State University with reasonable tuition rates. Our Admissions Office is a good place to start in order to calculate your college costs. The Tuition Cost Calculator is a helpful tool to answer all your questions.

Financial Aid and Scholarships are also available to help out with college costs.

What is a Profession Track?

The Profession Track is a Curriculum designed for professional worker in the field of Criminal Justice.

Note: Please refer the Degree Plan of Masters In Criminal Justice

What classes do I need to complete a MCJ degree?

View the degree requirements for a MCJ degree:

Can the entire MCJ degree be accomplished online?

Yes, the entire degree is designed to be accomplished online.

How long will it take to complete a MCJ degree?

The MCJ degree may be accomplished under 2 years if a student is enrolled full-time (9 credit hours) in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters (four consecutive semesters); in 2 years if a student  is enrolled full-time and attends Fall and Spring semesters only; and three years or longer if a student is enrolled on a part-time basis.

Will classes be offered in summer?

Yes, Classes will be offered every term.

Military

Is Tarleton State University a military friendly school?

Yes. Not only does Tarleton have an active ROTC program, it also has many Veterans from all branches who currently attend college.  Tarleton is steeped in military tradition, has countless alumni who have served their country, and has several memorial sites dedicated to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the past 100 years.  For more information please go to Media Releases to read more about it.

Does Tarleton have a VA office?

Yes, Tarleton also has a Veteran’s Affairs office where one can receive help with applying for and submitting the GI Bill paperwork, certify for classes, and resolve any issues that may arise dealing with veterans and education.

Does military training and experience transfer into college credits at TSU?

Yes, the BAAS degree is the best option for a service member looking to gain a Bachelor’s degree. It will award up to 33 college credits for military service.  Furthermore, if you have credits from another Regionally Accredited College.

Registering for Classes

How do I register for classes?

Please visit the Registrar's web page for information regarding registration.

I am getting an error when registering; what does this mean?

An explanation of common errors can be found here.

How do I get an override for a closed course?

If you want an override into a course, contact Ms. Sharon Johnson, CJ Program Specialist, by phone or email. Her contact information is listed at the bottom of this page.

How do I see what classes are required for my degree?

Log into your myGateway account. Under the "Student Quicklinks" module, click on the "DegreeWorks" link. Here you can see what classes you have previously taken, and what classes you still need to take.