Approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in January, the master of science in criminal justice is a cooperative program with The University of Texas at Brownsville.
The degree was granted to UT Pan American, with the understanding that the program would be conducted in cooperation with UT Brownsville. A Graduate Program Committee will coordinate the program. Faculty, courses, library and other resources from both institutions will be used, according to Dr. Dan Dearth, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and acting graduate program coordinator.
Admission application forms are available from the office of UT Pan American's Department of Criminal Justice, Social and Behavioral Sciences Building Room 321 and from the Department of Criminal Justice at UT Brownsville. Applicants can also have a form mailed to them by calling the department at 956/381-3566 or by calling UT Brownsville at 956/544-8993.
"Students will be applying to graduate study and the criminal justice program here at UT Pan American," Dearth said.
He said he expects to have 15 to 20 students in the first class, with a maximum of about 40 in all phases of the program at UT Pan American and UT Brownsville in the future.
The students are likely to be predominantly criminal justice professionals with bachelor's degrees, currently employed in criminal justice agencies and wanting a master's degree for career advancement.
"We also expect a smaller number of students who plan to go on to a Ph.D. in criminal justice," Dearth said.