Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

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The online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program is designed with the criminal justice and law enforcement professional in mind.

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About the Program

  • Complete in as few as 36 months
  • 42 general education credit hours + 70 major credit hours + 8 major elective credit hours

This program, combined with the appropriate lower-division undergraduate coursework, will lead to either a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice from UT Arlington, or a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from UT Rio Grande Valley or UT Permian Basin. UT El Paso and Dallas contribute coursework for the program.

Participants in the program learn about crime causation, criminal justice issues, juvenile justice, law enforcement, courts, corrections, and law. Each 3-credit course will be conducted over the Internet by the same talented faculty teaching on-campus.

In the context of a well-rounded education, the online completion degree provides students with access to a four-year degree in criminology and/or criminal justice, with the online program comprising primarily of junior and senior level coursework. The degree program prepares students for professional careers and advancement opportunities in criminal justice or related fields and is designed for students who have already completed their first two years of undergraduate courses.


  • CRCJ 2334 (CCJO 2310) Introduction to Criminal Justice (UTA)
  • CRCJ 3350 (CCJO 3320) Research Methods (UTA)
  • CRCJ 3380 (CCJO 3370) Ethnic and Gender Issues in CJ (UTA)
  • CRCJ 4301 (CCJO 4330) American Judicial Systems (UTA)
  • CRCJ 4380 (CCJO 4336) Comparative CJ Systems (UTA)
  • CRCJ 4333 (CCJO 4350) Institutional Corrections (UTA)
  • CRCJ 4315 (CCJO 4352) Criminal Careers and Behavior Systems (UTA)
  • CRIJ 3315 (CCJO 3322) Legal Aspects of Evidence (UTRGV)
  • CRIJ 3331 (CCJO 3326) Legal Aspects of Corrections (UTRGV)
  • CRIJ 4370 (CCJO 4338) Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice (UTRGV)
  • CRIJ 4312 (CCJO 4358) Principles of Law Enforcement Supervision (UTRGV)
  • CRIJ 4341 (CCJO 4360) Correctional Casework and Counseling (UTRGV)
  • CRIJ 4313 (CCJO 4362) Seminar of Issues in Law Enforcement (UTRGV)
  • CCJO 3312 (formerly CRIM 3340) Criminal Justice Administration (UTPB)
  • CCJO 3332 (formerly CRIM 3365) Juvenile Delinquency and Justice (UTPB)
  • CCJO 4316 (formerly CRIM 4332) Theories of Criminal Behavior (UTPB)
  • CCJO 4354 (formerly CRIM 4381) Ethics in Criminal Justice (UTPB)
  • CCJO 4356 (formerly CRIM 4321) Probation and Parole (UTPB)
  • CCJO 4364 (formerly CRIM 4382) Police and the Community (UTPB)
  • PSYC 4305 (CCJO 4372) Drugs and Behavior (UTPB)

Electives (students must choose two courses)

  • CRIJ 4363 (CCJO 4366) Gangs and Gang Behavior (UTRGV)
  • CJS 3320 (CCJO 3374) Homicide and Capital Punishment (UTD)
  • BIOL 3320 (CCJO 3324) Genetics (UTEP)
  • CRIJ 4300 (CCJO 4300) Forensic DNA Analysis (UTEP)
  • BIOL 4395 (CCJO 4395) Toxicology (UTEP)

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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has specific deadline requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

UT Rio Grande Valley's 100% online programs offer affordable tuition, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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Financial Aid

UTRGV is an equal opportunity institution in the administration of its financial aid programs. In keeping with this policy, financial aid is extended to students without regard to race, creed, sex, national origin, veteran status, religion, age or disability.

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If you have questions about how to apply to UTRGV, call us at 956-882-8983 or 888-882-4026 or email

Factors for review will include:

  • Class Rank
  • Prior College Hours
  • College Entrance Exams (SAT/ACT)
  • Rigor of High School Courses Completed
  • Leadership Experience
  • Community Involvement
  • Career Goals

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Program Contact

Dr. Benjamin Brown
Criminal Justice
Office: BSETB 1112
Phone: 956-882-8813