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

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

Student Fundraises with Walk to San Marco

Marcus Gonzales, a Criminal Justice Major at UTSA, will be walking from the Alamo to Pluckers ( in San Marcos to raise funds for Stand Up 4 Kids (SU4K).  SU4K provides services and goods to at-risk and homeless youths in San Antonio. 

You can follow Marcus during the walk, make a pledge to support SU4K, or contact him to donate goods such as clothes or school supplies at  You can also meet Marcus at the starting point or the finish line to show your support.


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

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.