Criminal Justice Degrees Guide

Criminal Justice Colleges in Texas

There are a wide variety of programs available through universities offering criminal justice degrees. Below you will find a listing of schools by city as well as online criminal justice colleges that offer classes throughout Texas.

Texas is a vast and populous state, home to rural ranches, numerous small towns and sprawling metropolitan areas such as Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin. Two-thirds of all Texans live in one of these major metro areas. Texans are known for being friendly and for their trademark drawl, using words like "ya’ll" and introducing themselves with a handshake as warm as the weather. Living in the Lone Star State, you will experience hot, humid summers and mild winters (except in the Panhandle, where snowfall is more common). Major college towns here include Austin, College Station and San Marcos. Among Texas’ many criminal justice colleges is Huntsville’s Sam Houston State University, home to one of the oldest and largest criminal justice programs in the nation. College students in Texas enjoy the state’s distinctive food, which includes barbecue, Mexican and Tex-Mex. The unemployment rate in Texas as of August 2010 was 8.3 percent, lower than the national average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Those who wish to enter careers in criminal justice in Texas should be aware of some of the state’s crime statistics. In 2008, Texas’ crime rate was 18 percent higher than the national average, according to the National Institute of Corrections. Property crimes made up 88.7 percent of all crimes in Texas that year, with the remaining crimes being violent crimes, the NIC noted. Also of note is how many people are incarcerated in Texas; in 2009, the state had an incarceration rate 31 percent higher than the national average. That amounts to 649 out of every 100,000 people behind bars, the NIC reports. In 2009, 1,327 murders took place in Texas, which represented a 3.4 percent decrease from 2008, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Texas Crime Report. The murder rate broke down to 5.4 murders for every 100,000 people. The total volume of crime in Texas increased 2.2 percent from 2008 to 2009, the report showed.

Whether you’re interested in a degree in corrections, criminology, or any other bachelor’s or master’s justice degree, the search for finding the right criminal justice academy for you begins with requesting a free information packet from schools in your area by following the links below.

Online Colleges Offering Classes in TX

Kaplan University University of Phoenix Capella University

Austin Criminal Justice Campus Programs

University of Phoenix ITT-Tech Campus DeVry University Kaplan University

Irving Criminal Justice Campus Programs

DeVry University Kaplan University

Plano Criminal Justice Campus Programs

Kaplan University

Richardson Criminal Justice Campus Programs

DeVry University

San Antonio Criminal Justice Campus Programs

University of Phoenix DeVry University ITT-Tech Campus Kaplan University

Interested in a criminal justice career in Texas? Take a look at some of the best crime-fighting jobs in the state.

Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

National Employment: 13,140

National Mean Hourly Wage: $42.13

National Mean Annual Wage: $87,620

Texas Employment: 560

Texas Hourly Mean Wage: $39.99

Texas Annual Mean Wage: $83,170

Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

National Employment: 8,110

National Mean Hourly Wage: $30.41

National Mean Annual Wage: $63,250

Texas Employment: 410

Texas Hourly Mean Wage: $25.24

Texas Annual Mean Wage: $52,490

Bailiffs

National Employment: 17,140

National Mean Hourly Wage: $19.35

National Mean Annual Wage: $40,240

Texas Employment: 620

Texas Hourly Mean Wage: $19.55

Texas Annual Mean Wage: $40,650

Correctional Officers and Jailers

National Employment: 455,350

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.49

National Mean Annual Wage: $42,610

Texas Employment: 47,180

Texas Hourly Mean Wage: $15.99

Texas Annual Mean Wage: $33,250

Court Reporters

National Employment: 3,172,420

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.07

National Mean Annual Wage: $41,740

Texas Employment: 1,360

Texas Hourly Mean Wage: $26.13

Texas Annual Mean Wage: $54,350

Detectives and Criminal Investigators

National Employment: 110,380

National Mean Hourly Wage: $31.66

National Mean Annual Wage: $65,860

Texas Employment: 14,350

Texas Hourly Mean Wage: $28.23

Texas Annual Mean Wage: $58,720

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Correctional Officers

National Employment: 45,540

National Mean Hourly Wage: $28.76

National Mean Annual Wage: $59,810

Texas Employment: 5,910

Texas Hourly Mean Wage: $22.17

Texas Annual Mean Wage: $46,110

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives

National Employment: 99,900

National Mean Hourly Wage: $37.78

National Mean Annual Wage: $78,580

Texas Employment: 5,900

Texas Hourly Mean Wage: $35.32

Texas Annual Mean Wage: $73,470

Fish and Game Wardens

National Employment: 7,530

National Mean Hourly Wage: $26.42

National Mean Annual Wage: $54,950

Texas Employment: 450

Texas Hourly Mean Wage: $23.53

Texas Annual Mean Wage: $48,950

Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

National Employment: 26,350

National Mean Hourly Wage: $49.99

National Mean Annual Wage: $103,990

Texas Employment: 2,680

Texas Hourly Mean Wage: $36.58

Texas Annual Mean Wage: $76,080

Law Clerks

National Employment: 32,630

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.17

National Mean Annual Wage: $41,960

Texas Employment: 1,820

Texas Hourly Mean Wage: $17.95

Texas Annual Mean Wage: $37,330

Lawyers

National Employment: 556,790

National Mean Hourly Wage: $62.03

National Mean Annual Wage: $129,020

Texas Employment: 32,950

Texas Hourly Mean Wage: $62.91

Texas Annual Mean Wage: $130,850

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

National Employment: 246,810

National Mean Hourly Wage: $24.08

National Mean Annual Wage: $50,080

Texas Employment: 16,790

Texas Hourly Mean Wage: $23.84

Texas Annual Mean Wage: $49,590

Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers

National Employment: 641,590

National Mean Hourly Wage: $26.53

National Mean Annual Wage: $55,180

Texas Employment: 51,410

Texas Hourly Mean Wage: $23.86

Texas Annual Mean Wage: $49,620

Private Detectives and Investigators

National Employment: 31,250

National Mean Hourly Wage: $22.66

National Mean Annual Wage: $47,130

Texas Employment: 2,160

Texas Hourly Mean Wage: $22.86

Texas Annual Mean Wage: $47,550

Data Source: http://www.bls.gov/oes