Department of Criminal Justice

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to provide justice education, research, and service to students, practitioners, policymakers, and the community by creating an intellectually challenging environment that promotes collegiality and instills the highest level of ethical standards in the pursuit of informed justice policy and practice.

Vision Statement

The Department of Criminal Justice at UTSA will be a leading program recognized for excellence in justice research, innovative education, and policy relevant service to improve the quality of justice within society.


Faculty Feature

Dr. Marie Tillyer Promoted to Associate Professor


Tillyer Team Pairs Up for Research

Assistant Professor Marie Tillyer and Associate Professor Rob Tillyer in the UTSA College of Public Policy Department of Criminal Justice are analyzing criminal incidents from across the United States to better understand the factors that affect the outcomes of various incidents of crime.

For the last several years, the Tillyers have analyzed thousands of crime reports using data from the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS). This system contains detailed reports submitted by law enforcement agencies across the country. In 2011 alone, nearly 6,000 law enforcement agencies in 36 states submitted data to the NIBRS.


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Department News

CRJ Department Seeks New Faculty

The Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Texas at San Antonio seeks to fill two tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor rank and one position at either the tenure-track Assistant Professor rank or tenured Associate Professor rank (tenure contingent on Board of Regents Approval) beginning Fall 2015.

Area of research specialization is open; however, those with interests in community oriented policing, corrections, family justice, domestic violence, disparities in arrest/sentencing, disproportionate minority contact, and cybersecurity and analytics are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Criminology, Criminal Justice, or closely related field by the time of appointment, along with demonstrated excellence in scholarly research, grant acquisition, effective teaching, and service. Teaching expectations are commensurate with Research I institutions.

UTSA continues to move toward Research I status and currently enrolls approximately 30,000 students. The Department is housed within the College of Public Policy on UTSA’s Downtown campus, which is situated in the heart of San Antonio. The Department currently offers a B.A. in Criminal Justice and a M.S. in Criminal Justice and Criminology.

For further information about the Department, please visit our website:

Applicants should submit by mail: (1) a letter describing research and teaching interests and position applying for, (2) a current curriculum vitae, (3) 1-3 examples of published scholarly work, and (4) names and contact information of three references whom we may contact.

Send all application materials to:
Rob Tillyer, Ph.D.
Chair, Faculty Recruitment Committee
Department of Criminal Justice
University of Texas at San Antonio
501 W. César E. Chávez Blvd. San Antonio, TX 78207

Review of applications begins October 1, 2014 and will continue until the positions are filled.

Office Hours:

(DB) 4.112
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

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Student Information

Information and applications for the 2015 UTSA  McClendon Legislative Scholar Program are now available on the  Honors College website (

This collaborative initiative, co-ordinated by the Honors College, between Texas State Representative Ruth Jones McClendon and UTSA will provide undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to serve as interns in the Texas House of Representatives during the upcoming 2015 legislative session.

Scholars are enrolled in either internship or independent study classes for academic credit and will receive a $10,000 stipend to cover housing, transportation and other costs while living in Austin.

Any  academic major at either the undergraduate or graduate level may apply. Other qualifications include:
1. Completion of at least 60 undergraduate hours
2. Enrollment in in the fall 2014 semester at UTSA
3. Minimum GPA of 3.0 (cumulative)
4. Exceptional skills in writing, composition ,and technological literacy
Complete application requirements are available on the Honors College website.

Deadline for applying for this program is September 15, 2014.

A program information/orientation session will be held on Tuesday, September 2nd at 3:00 pm in the Honors College Conference Room – MS 4. 01.76.

Richard Diem , Ph.D.
Honors College
The University of Texas at San Antonio

Visit our Student Spotlight page to see what Criminal Justice and MSJPY students are doing in the community!

Applying to the program

All undergraduate students, including new freshmen and transfer students, should refer to Undergraduate Admissions for details on applying to our program.

The Graduate School offers up to date information on how to apply and requirements for the program. Visit our Graduate program webpage for more information.

Information on Non-Thesis Option

The Department of Criminal Justice recently added a non-thesis option (comprehensive exam) for the Masters of Science in Justice Policy.  Students admitted to the MSCJC program under the 2013-2015 graduate catalog  have the option to complete a written comprehensive exam rather than a Master’s thesis.  Students admitted to the MSJPY program under earlier catalogs have the option to change catalogs and thus would be eligible to complete the non-thesis option as part of their degree requirements under the 2013-2015 graduate catalog. For more information click here.

MSCJC Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships provide students with the opportunity to work with one or more professors on their research and/or help with undergraduate. For more information on qualifications and to apply, please click here.