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Is the UHD Master of Science in Criminal Justice program accredited?

UHD is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has an outstanding reputation for quality instruction.


How long will it take to complete the degree?

The program requires 36 hours. If a student takes courses on a full-time basis and completes summer courses, she or he can complete the degree in 21 months. Taking 6 hours in the fall and spring semesters and completes summer courses, a student can still complete the degree in 28 months.


What is the cost of tuition?

UHD’s tuition is ranked among the most affordable among universities in Texas. Here is a link to the tuition and fees page:


Is financial aid available to MSCJ Online students?

Yes! Detailed information about financial aid is available on this link:


How do I order books?

You can examine which texts are used in your class and order them online through the book store website


How do I use the library?

Most of W.I. Dykes Library resources and journals are available online. In addition to a large database subscription, the library offers interlibrary loans and criminal justice films on demand. Contact Steven Ring concerning any questions you have about obtaining criminal justice materials (713-221-8976) or


Can I transfer credits into the MSCJ degree?

Yes! You can transfer up to 6 credits or two courses into the program. They must be graduate hours from an accredited university, and you must provide an official transcript. We do not accept professional experience for credit.


How do I know whether online education is right for me?

Learning online requires tremendous self-motivation and commitment. You will not have a fixed course schedule with meeting times as you would with an on-campus program. The flexibility of being able to study at a time that is most convenient for you requires the student to create and maintain a fixed study schedule to complete the coursework. Because most students balance numerous commitments at the same time they are completing coursework, it’s critical to find a balance in order to remain motivated. It’s important to remember that our academic advisors, technical support experts, and UHD faculty are here to help you succeed!


Last updated or reviewed on 9/23/13

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