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MAIS Concentration: Criminal Justice

The University of Houston Victoria offers an MAIS concentration in Criminal Justice (CJS).

This degree program is offered in Victoria and Sugar Land or can be completed entirely online.

If you are interested in understanding criminal behavior, researching how crime can be prevented and developing effective criminal rehabilitation methods, then a Master's concentration in Criminal Justice may be your answer.

The Criminal Justice program at the University of Houston-Victoria can provide you with the competitive edge you need for a career in law enforcement or criminal justice. Whether you are just beginning as a college student or are already working in law enforcement, the Criminal Justice program at UHV offers you the theory and research skills you need to advance in the profession.

A Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies concentration in Criminal Justice can lead to a wide range of local and state law enforcement careers including:


  • Federal Special Agent
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff
  • Police Officer
  • Department of Public Safety Officer
  • Juvenile/Adult Corrections Officer
  • Probation/Parole Officer


A Master's degree can make you far more competitive for job opportunities and help you rapidly advance to managerial positions in various agencies.

UHV's Criminal Justice program also provides you with the background to work with federal law enforcement agencies. A graduate degree can lead to a high-paying career with agencies such as:


  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
  • Secret Service
  • Immigration & Customs Enforcement
  • U.S. Marshal
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • U.S. Bureau of Diplomatic Security
  • Department of Homeland Security


 MAIS General Requirements

Concentration-Specific Requirements:

  1. Core (6 credit hours):
    Students will follow the basic MAIS core program
  2. First concentration (15 credit hours):
    1. Students will take the following 12 credit hours:
      1. CRIJ 6310: Advanced Pattern and Typologies of Crime
      2. CRIJ 6320: Research Design and Methods
      3. CRIJ 6321: Quantitative Analysis
      4. CRIJ 6330: Advanced Criminology
    2. Students will choose an additional 3 credit hours.
  3. Second concentration recommendations (9 credit hours):
    1. Homeland and International Security
    2. Business (Management)
    3. Religion
    4. History
    5. Forensic Science
  4. Thesis or Electives (6 credit hours):
    Students will be required to either write and defend a thesis or take six additional hours of coursework.

Course Rotation

Odd-Number Years

Spring:                CRIJ 6330: Advanced Criminology

Summer:             CRIJ 6300: Special Topics

Fall:                     CRIJ 6321: Quantitative Analysis

 Even-Number Years

Spring:            CRIJ 6320: Research Design and Methods

Summer:         CRIJ 6300: Special Topics

Fall:                CRIJ 6310: Advanced Patterns and Typologies

To visit websites for research resources, news and information, or enforcement agencies, click here.


Interested students should contact Dr. J. Keith Akins at for more information.