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

Faculty Publications Abound in 2013

“Gang membership and pathways to maladaptive parenting,” an article co-authored by new faculty member Dr. Megan Augustyn, has been accepted for publication in Journal of Research on Adolescence.

Dr. Michael Gilbert has seen recent publications in Contemporary Justice Review—“Teaching Restorative Justice: Developing a Restorative Andragogy for Face-to-Face, Online and Hybrid Course Modalities”—and  Crime, Law and Social Change—“Patterns of Victim Marginalization in Victim Offender Mediation: Some Lessons Learned.”

Dr. Byongook Moon has three articles forthcoming in publication: “A Test of General Strain Theory in South Korea: A Focus on Objective/Subjective Strains, Negative Emotions, and Composite Conditioning Factors” (Crime & Delinquency); “A General Strain Approach to Psychological and Physical Bullying: A Study of Interpersonal Aggression at School” (Journal of Interpersonal Violence); and “Sources of Low Self-Control: Influences of Parental and Teachers’ Practices - Evidence from Korea” (Youth Violence & Juvenile Justice).

Dr. Jamie Newsome is publishing “Genetic overlap between delinquent peer association and delinquency in adolescence” in Criminal Justice and Behavior.

Dr. Marie Tillyer has published “Reducing Gang Violence Using Focused Deterrence:  Evaluating the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV)” in Justice Quarterly. The article can be found here.

Assistant Professer Rob Tillyer and Department Chair and Associate Professor Richard Hartley have collaborated on a forthcoming article in Crime & Delinquency entitled “The use and impact of fast-track departures: Exploring prosecutorial and judicial discretion in Federal immigration cases.”

Dr. Rob Tillyer and Dr. Marie Tillyer have published “Researcher-practitioner partnerships & crime analysis: A case study in action research” in Police Practice & Research. The article, which includes two student authors (for story, click here), is available online here.

Dr. Jeff Ward has a forthcoming article in Crime & Delinquency entitled “Hirschi’s redefined self-control: Assessing the implications of the merger between social- and self-control theories.”

Department News

Criminal Justice Program Listed Among Best in U.S. for Hispanics

The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education's annual Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics report that UTSA's Criminal Justice program ranks 5th nationally for awarding degrees to Hispanic students, with 137 degrees awarded (71 male and 66 female).

Overall, UTSA ranks No. 7 in the nation for the number of undergraduate and graduate degrees awarded to Hispanic students. UTSA earned this top ranking for awarding degrees to 2,330 Hispanic undergraduate and graduate students out of 5,406 students total in 2011-2012, which represented 43 percent of the university's graduating class.

UTSA also ranks No. 7 for the number of undergraduate Hispanic students enrolled and No. 10 for the number of Hispanic graduate students enrolled. Hispanic student enrollment is 47 percent of the total undergraduate population and 35 percent of the total graduate population at UTSA.

UTSA is one of more than 350 Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) in the United States, accredited with a full-time Hispanic enrollment of 25 percent or greater.


With alumni and community support we are able to provide funds for student scholarships, research fellowships, and faculty research support that is instrumental in creating new programs. Such capabilities benefit our students and the general public, support endowed chairs, and are a vital source of funds to benefit academic and research related programs.

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

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Student Information

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.