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Program Format:

New students are accepted into the Criminal Justice Program every 8 weeks. Each semester is divided into two seven-week terms. Students seeking full-time status will take two classes each term for a total of four classes a semester. Students who enroll full time for all 6 subterms may earn up to 36 hours of credit toward their degree each academic year.

The BS in Criminal Justice requires general education credits, elective credits, and more focused credits in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, and Crisis Management.

Transfer credit:

There are multiple ways to transfer credit to McMurry University. Courses eligible for transfer credit are those courses generally considered to be academic in nature; taken for college credit (not remedial or taken specifically for athletic participation) with a grade of at least C; and from a regionally accredited institution. Course credit can also be awarded through examination, such as CLEP or departmental examinations.

Your academic advisor will be able to review the results of your transcript evaluation with you.

Criminal Justice Core Credit Hours

CRJS 1311 Principles of Criminal Justice
CRJS 2311 Criminal Procedure I
CRJS 2321 Criminal Procedure II
CRJS 2361 Diversity in Criminal Justice
CRJS 3341 Juvenile Justice
CRJS 3361 Victimology
CRJS 3381 False Criminal Justice
CRJS 4341 Serial Killers
CRJS 4361 Elite Crime
CRJS 4391 Ethics in Criminal Justice

Law Enforcement Concentration

CRJS 3312 Principles of Forensic Science
CRJS 3332 Community Policing
CRJS 3342 Principles of Corrections
CRJS 4352 Police Administration

Crisis Management Concentration

CRJS 1313 Crisis Management
CRJS 3333 Terrorism and Counterterrorism
CRJS 3343 Management of Terrorist Incidents/td>
CRJS 4353 Homeland Security Law and Public Policy


CRJS Electives (6 hours)
Advanced CRJS Electives (6 hours)
General Electives (7-15 hours)

Total Hours in Major


General Education Credit Hours

These credits include courses in Math, English, Fine Arts, Social Sciences, Sciences, and Communication. Your advisor will assist with your degree planning and selection of general core courses.

Total Hours to Earn a Degree


Final acceptance of transfer courses, course equivalency, and credits awarded toward a degree at McMurry is subject to the approval of the Registrar.

Language requirement: 

Students who graduated from high school without two years of study in a single foreign language may be required to take 8 hours of a single foreign language. Students who graduated prior to 2006 are exempted from this requirement.