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Estimated Completion

120 credit hours (2-4 years)

*Minimum 30 hours must be done at Tarleton

Application Process

  1. Admission to Tarleton State University - Undergraduate Studies


Locations Available

  • 1Admission to the off-campus locations such as Fort Worth, Midlothian, Waco, and Online requires a minimum of 30 transferable credit hours, a 2.0 GPA and that a student be TSI complete.



B.A.A.S. in Criminal Justice Administration


The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration provides students with a broad-based education. Training is accepted from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), certifiable military training, federal criminal justice training, and recognized training from other states. The hours and types of training will be evaluated by the Program Coordinator (commissioned Texas Peace Officer), then presented to the Interdisciplinary Degree Programs Committee for final approval. 

Designed With You in Mind

This degree program accepts a maximum of 33 credits out of the 120 credits necessary for graduation, based upon work experience. In addition, a minimum of 30 credits out of the 120 credits necessary for graduation must be completed at Tarleton State University. 

Get Credit For Work Experience

To be eligible for the BAAS in Criminal Justice Administration, you must have at a minimum 496 professional training hours specifically related to the criminal justice field. These training hours convert into 33 credit hours for technical training and/or work experience. This credit will be registered under "Occupational Specialization".

There are three things needed in order to receive credit for the 33 hours:

  1. The Training Assessment form (available from the advisor)
  2. A one-time assessment fee for $35, and
  3. Training documentation.  

This documentation may include TCOLE personal history report, documentation provide for military service(contact advisor for documentation assistance) or other documentation provide by your employer or former employer showing completed training and number of hours of training completed.


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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

The B.A.A.S. in Criminal Justice Administration can lead to many career options such as:

  • Paralegal
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Correctional Officer
  • Security Consultant
  • Parole Officer
  • Juvenile Probation Officer
Criminal justice student talking to a police officer.

Texas Peace Officer Tuition Exemption Program

The Criminal Justice Administration degree program accepts the Texas State Officer Tuition Exemption Program . Students with questions regarding exemption qualifications should contact their program advisor. For more information about the program, please visit College for All Texans website.

Career Service

Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into career advancement. A few of these programs include:

  • Resume assistance
  • Job fairs
  • Mock interviews
  • Career counseling

And much more!

Program Objectives

  • Expand students’ knowledge of criminal justice
  • Provide students with a broad-based education
  • Provide students with the skills and knowledge required to successfully advance their future career

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
CRIJ 3300 Juvenile Delinquency
CRIJ 3301 Survey of Forensic Science
CRIJ 3310 Criminal Justice Supervision and Management
CRIJ 3315 Criminal Evidence
CRIJ 3330 Community Corrections
CRIJ 3340 Homeland Security
CRIJ 4312 Criminal Justice Ethics
CRIJ 4318 Criminal Justice Statistics

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

In order to be eligible for the B.A.A.S. in Criminal Justice Administration, you must have a minimum 496 professional training hours that are specifically related to the Criminal Justice field. These training hours convert into 33 credit hours for technical training and/or work experience. This credit will then be registered under "Occupational Specialization".

Facilities and Features

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Exceptional Faculty

In addition to providing students with a rigorous academic curriculum, our program is equipped with top notch faculty members who have years of experience in the law enforcement field, as well as highly qualified academic personnel. Our teaching personnel include police chiefs, as well as both district and county judges/attorneys that provide students with a wide range of personal experiences along with the opportunity to gain outstanding networking connections.

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Study Abroad

Study abroad opportunities allow students to gain first-hand knowledge of a variety of criminal justice systems and issues from a global perspective. This experience provides students greater insight to our own criminal justice system through comparative viewpoint. The most recent study abroad trips in Criminal Justice have been to Scotland and Prague.

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Student Organizations

The Criminal Justice program at Tarleton State University offers organizations to get students involved, such as: