Protect Your Community, Lead with Confidence
Law enforcement needs strong leaders. Are you ready to respond to the call? Earn your Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice while continuing to prevent crime, protect others and promote peace. Designed for working professionals, our competency-based program lets you study at your own pace. Our fully-online curriculum is divided into 7-week terms so you can focus on what matters. The courses are self-paced, enabling you to set your own schedule and study when you are able. Whether you’re a police officer or a member of the military, we're putting you first. Discover how you can lead others toward success through our criminal justice program.
See Yourself Succeed With a Degree in Criminal Justice
Learn the Foundation
Develop strategies to promote police trust within your community. You’ll study the historical, philosophical and ethical development of policing and how that affects law enforcement today.
Flexible, personalized pace
Take credit for what you already know. Our competency-based program lets you receive credit for skills developed through work and military experience. You deserve credit. We’re ready to give it to you.
Policing the Future
Study cutting-edge developments in law enforcement, like cryptocurrency and the problems it poses for policing. You’ll learn innovative strategies for monitoring an increasingly digitized world.
Excel in your career
Managing a policing organization takes work. We want to make this easier for you. Learn how to improve your team’s effectiveness, resolve conflict and promote wellness within the workplace.
I am a retired police chief with more than 27 years of experience. I am invested in the policing profession, as well as the professionalization of its members.
I have always been passionate about law enforcement and criminal justice. I was a very active police officer who loved my profession. I had to retire from working patrol after being seriously injured in the line of duty. I decided to use my experi…
Advance your career with a degree in criminal justice. Our program prepares you for a wide range of professions at the city, county, state or federal government levels.
Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries
US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018
This class introduces you to policing strategies as best practices designed to help agencies promote effective crime reduction while building public trust and safeguarding officer well-being. Areas of emphasis are internal processes affecting culture, policy, administrative process and training as well as external processes affecting transparency, community engagement and interactions with various populations.
This course introduces you to crime analysis and an understanding of its application within smaller jurisdictions. You will learn how to design, fund, establish and staff a crime analysis unit using evidence and statistical data for a smaller jurisdiction.
This course provides you with the knowledge, skills and best practices and procedures essential to the effective and efficient planning and direction of critical incident command, specifically police operations in crisis situations.
All competency-based programs in the College of Innovation and Design are offered in two seven-week terms per traditional semester with a break between each term.
|Semester||Term 1||Break||Term 2|
|Spring||Jan. 16 – March 1||March 4 – 15||March 18 – May 3|
|Summer||May 13 – June 28||July 1 – 5||July 8 – Aug. 23|
|Fall||Sept. 3 – Oct. 18||Oct. 21 – 25||Oct. 28 – Dec. 13|
Earning a degree is more affordable than ever. Our competency-based programs offer quality education at an affordable price. These rates include online versions of required course materials.
|Residency Status||Tuition Per Semester|
In-State (TX resident)
This includes: Oklahoma Louisiana New Mexico Arkansas
Neighboring state (aka interior county: Oklahoma and Louisiana only) Does NOT include New Mexico and Arkansas
in-state + $30/hour
Out of state (e.g., Florida)
Active Duty Law Enforcement + Firefighter Tuition Exemption
- First responders that are neither law enforcement nor firefighters and/or those working for private companies are NOT covered by the tuition exemption.
- Tuition exemption limited to state residents
To demonstrate your knowledge, you will submit evidence of a level of competence in reading, writing and mathematics.
You are required to take or be exempt from the Texas Success Initiative assessment prior to enrolling in college; students without assessment scores because of exemptions that are not test or grade based must take a placement test to determine entry level in math and English courses.
- ACT scores: Composite 23; English 19 or Math 19; no older than five years
- SAT scores: Composite 1070; Verbal 500 or Math 500; no older than five years
- TAKS scores: 2200 Math or 2200 English/Language Arts with a three writing subscore
- Received an associate degree or baccalaureate degree from a Texas public institution.
- Out-of-State/private institution transfer who has satisfactorily completed college level work with a “C” or better in areas of reading, math and writing.
- Has met readiness standards at another Texas public higher education institution; “C” or better in developmental course work.
- Military Service
- Serving in the active military.
- Serving as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces for at least three years preceding enrollment.
- Honorably discharged, retired or released from active duty in the military on or after August 1, 1990. Please provide us with your official DD214 with discharge status in order to apply this exemption.
- Additionally, you may submit scores from the THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment), COMPASS or ASSET to satisfy the assessment requirement.
For more information about the assessment requirements, please contact the Testing Center.
Submit or request submission of official transcripts from high school, GED score report including percentile scores and/or each institution you attended.
- A transcript is considered official only if received directly from the sending institution or, if hand delivered, the transcript must be in a sealed registrar's envelope.
- Send Transcripts to:
- Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Texas A&M University-Commerce
P.O. Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011
- For faster delivery, check to see if your previous/current academic institution(s) can submit an electronic version of your transcript to the Admissions Office. We accept SPEEDE and Escrip-Safe electronic transcripts.
- Office of Undergraduate Admissions
- Designate TAMUC as the college to receive your FAFSA information.
- A&M-Commerce's school code is 003565.