Sam Houston State University - Online College of Criminal Justice


Sam Houston State University (SHSU), founded in 1879, is the third-oldest public institution of higher learning in Texas. SHSU, a member of the Texas State University System, has a total enrollment of over 20,000 students. In addition to traditional degree programs, SHSU offers more than 20 online bachelor and graduate degrees.

SHSU's College of Criminal Justice is one of the nation's largest and oldest criminal justice programs. The College contains the headquarters of the Texas Forensic Science Commission. The college has one of the most productive research faculties in the country

Students can benefit from the College of Criminal Justice's partnerships with the following professional and research-oriented institutions:

Police Research Center
Correctional Management Institute of Texas
Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility
Institute for Forensic Research, Training, and Innovation
Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas
Crime Victims' Institute
Institute for Legal Studies in Criminal Justice
Texas Regional Center for Policing Innovation
Impaired Driving Initiatives
SHSU designed the online Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program for individuals with and without work experience in the criminal justice field. Students can complete the 36-credit hour online Master's in Criminal Justice degree in two years.

Students in the MSCJ degree program take the following core courses:

Critical Analysis of Justice Administration
Seminar in Organization and Administration
Research Methods and Quantitative Analysis in Criminal Justice
Computer/Technology Applications for Criminal Justice
Program Evaluation in Criminal Justice
Community Theory and the Administration of Justice
Emergent Issues in Criminal Justice Leadership
SHSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

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