Best criminal justice graduate schools in Texas

Three years after completing their degree, criminal justice master's graduates earn a weighted average salary of $47,894. Our criminal justice rankings cover 113 out of the 197 programs available, accounting for 81.3% of total conferrals. We are unable to include schools for which there are insufficient earnings and/or debt data.

For more information on how we determine the best criminal justice programs, please visit our methodology page.  

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#1 in Texas | #7 in Criminal Justice nationally

University of Houston-Downtown

Houston, Texas

Economic score: 0.23

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $78,852

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $40,617

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $37,172

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.47

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#2 in Texas | #24 in Criminal Justice nationally

Lamar University

Beaumont, Texas

Economic score: 0.36

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $48,365

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $10,130

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $22,254

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.46

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#3 in Texas | #26 in Criminal Justice nationally

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas

Economic score: 0.37

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $62,801

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $24,566

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $38,585

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.61

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#4 in Texas | #29 in Criminal Justice nationally

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas

Economic score: 0.38

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $57,318

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $19,083

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $32,664

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.57

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#5 in Texas | #30 in Criminal Justice nationally

The University of Texas at Arlington

Arlington, Texas

Economic score: 0.42

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $57,299

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $19,064

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $36,384

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.63

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#6 in Texas | #31 in Criminal Justice nationally

Tarleton State University

Stephenville, Texas

Economic score: 0.43

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $52,771

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $14,536

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $31,458

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.60

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#7 in Texas | #40 in Criminal Justice nationally

Texas Southern University

Houston, Texas

Economic score: 0.47

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $59,059

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $20,824

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $43,037

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.73

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#8 in Texas | #56 in Criminal Justice nationally

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Edinburg, Texas

Economic score: 0.57

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $40,383

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $2,148

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $24,244

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.60

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#9 in Texas | #64 in Criminal Justice nationally

Texas State University

San Marcos, Texas

Economic score: 0.59

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $44,772

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $6,537

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $30,807

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.69

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#10 in Texas | #92 in Criminal Justice nationally

Midwestern State University

Wichita Falls, Texas

Economic score: 0.87

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $39,273

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $1,038

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $35,250

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.90

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#11 in Texas | #103 in Criminal Justice nationally

The University of Texas at San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas

Economic score: 1.04

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $33,688

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $4,547

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $31,000

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.92

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

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