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Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology

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Be a part of a top ranked Criminal Justice and Criminology program! Graduate programs in the Department educate students with a variety of interest areas. Degrees target the interests of a variety of students ranging from those who seek to advance knowledge through research to students seeking careers in criminal justice. The Department als has specialized graduate degree programs for criminal justice professionals to grow their leadership and management skills, or broaden their knowledge base as a victim services provider.

Faculty members in the Department are among the most productive and skilled educators in the courntry. From faculty who are nationally ranked researchers to those who have extensive backgrounds as criminal justice professionals, these educators are dedicated to guiding students through foundational courses to develop their skills in reasoning and analysis. Students have the opportunity to learn from the best in foundational areas of creiminal justice such as law enforcement, corrections, and the law to emerging areas of knowledge in biosocial criminology, and the needs of crime victims. Students interested in conducting original research can continue their education through the Ph.D. in Criminal Justice.

As a graduate student in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at SHSU, the opportunities are endless:

  • Learn from faculty who conduct research in all aspects of the criminal justice system
  • Study in a  top ranked Doctoral program
  • Observe valuable interaction and professional development that occurs in the College of Criminal Justice Institutes with executives in law enforcement and corrections from around the country
  • Participate in applied research that has "real world" implications through one of the Research Institutes in Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Victimology
  • Become a member of our Graduate Student Organization
  • Experience affordable living
  • Competitive Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships

Gaylene Armstrong, Ph.D.

Gaylene ArmstrongTodd Armstrong,Brandy Blasko, Danielle BoisvertJeffery BouffardLeana BouffardMary Breaux,Steven CuvelierCortney FranklinTravis FranklinRandy GarnerJurg GerberBrittany Hayes,Larry HooverWilliam KingKathleen LatzDennis LongmirePhillip LyonsScott MenardHolly MillerLisa MufticJanet MullingsMatt NoblesWill OliverErin OrrickLing RenMitchel RothRyan RandaMelinda Tasca,Raymond TeskeVictoria TitteringtonMichael VaughnBill WellsYan ZhangJihong Solomon ZhaoVincent Webb

The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology is committed to providing students with a quality liberal arts education. Students will gain an appreciation of their role as criminal justice professionals and as contributing members of society. The Department is committed to producing high quality research and to providing public service and technical assistance to communities and criminal justice agencies.

Contact Information
Dr. Danielle Boisvert, Director of CJ Graduate Programs

Doris Pratt, Graduate Coordinator

Academic Programs

The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology offers four graduate degrees at the master's level, a PhD in Criminal Justice, and a certificate in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management. The Department offers online criminal justice programs for a range of prospective students.

Graduate Degrees

Doctoral Degrees



SHSU’s College of Criminal Justice has been consistently ranked among the top criminal justice programs in the nation in both value and quality by U.S. News & World Report, the Journal of Criminal Justice, BestColleges.com, and many other publications.

Student Organization and Activities

Graduate Student Organization (GSO):
The mission of GSO is to bring together graduate students at the College of Criminal Justice; to facilitate and encourage research and theory development related to criminal justice; to encourage appropriate and effective teaching techniques and practices for criminal justice courses; and to serve as a resource network for and to encourage interaction among the various entities within the College of Criminal Justice. See www.shsu.edu/academics/criminal-justice/departments/criminal-justice-and-criminology/gso for additional information.


Scholarships,  assistantships, and financial assistance are available. Student assistantships and scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis based upon academic performance, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, among other factors.

Financial awards are available, including out-of-state tuition waivers. University policy requires all students to pay in-state tuition.

Information on specific scholarships available in the College of Criminal Justice are available through Cutty Gilbert (cutty@shsu.edu) at 936.294.3755. Potential graduate students should contact Doris Pratt at 936.294.3637. See also the College of Criminal Justice section for information on College and University level scholarships.


Criminal Justice (CRIJ)
Forensic Science (FORS)
Security Studies (SCST)

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