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Criminology M.A.

Investigate New Insights in Criminal Justice

Deepen your understanding of crime and criminal justice with a Master of Arts in Criminology at University of Houston-Clear Lake. You'll examine many layers of contemporary crime, including why it occurs, how it's measured and how it's controlled. Guided by the active scholars and writers on our faculty, you'll delve into topics such as homeland security, criminology, computer crime, juvenile delinquency, correctional institutions and more. Study under nationally recognized experts in serial murder, white-collar crime, race and crime and juvenile delinquency and participate in field trips and special topics classes such as Homeland Security.

Make the World a Safer Place

As part of your Master of Arts in Criminology, you'll personalize your curriculum to complete a thesis, project, internship or additional coursework to best suit your interests and goals. Pursue internships with local, state and federal agencies, as well as teaching internships. You will prepare for careers in the criminal justice system, but professionals in many other fields have also benefited from the knowledge and skills of the graduate study of criminology. Possible future jobs include as a community college instructor, juvenile counselor, litigation manager and victim services specialist.

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Admission Requirements

So, have we convinced you that University of Houston-Clear Lake's College of Human Science and Humanities is the next step in your pursuit of academic success? Learn what it takes to be admitted to help you reach your educational goals.

Degree Requirements

This degree has a specific set of courses you’ll need to complete before you can graduate from University of Houston-Clear Lake. Learn more about the classes that will help you complete the requirements of this degree. 

Degree Plan

Cost Information

Investigate the direction of your future with this look into the prospective costs of a degree from UHCL.

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Deadlines for Applying

  • Graduate Deadlines
  • Fall
    New Degree-Seeking Students - August 1
    Former UHCL Students - August 15
  • Spring
    New Degree-Seeking Students - January 5
    Former UHCL Students - January 15
  • Summer
    New Degree-Seeking Students - May 1
    Former UHCL Students - May 25

Please note, some graduate programs have special deadlines and requirements. For more information go to How to Apply. Check the status of your application online through E-Services using your UHCL student ID. 

The UHCL applications is available online through The online application is scheduled to close for Graduate students after the Formal UHCL Student deadline of each semester. 

Applying After the Priority Deadline

New, non-degree seeking, and former UHCL students applying after the deadlines above may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the appropriate graduate enrollment counselor for more information. A $50.00 Late Registration Fee or $50.00 Late Payment may apply. 

Review the UHCL Academic Calendar for registration and payment dates and deadlines. 

  • International Deadlines
  • Fall

    Priority – March 1
    Final  – June 1

  • Spring

    Priority – August 1
    Final – November 1

  • Summer*

    Priority – February 1
    Final – April 20

Students interested in qualifying for scholarships &/or applying for visas outside the U.S. should apply and submit the application documents/test scores by the priority deadline

*International freshmen applicants will not be accepted for Summer semester.


University of Houston-Clear Lake

University of Houston-Clear Lake

2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-283-7600

About UHCL

UH-Clear Lake at Pearland

UH-Clear Lake at Pearland

1200 Pearland Pkwy
Pearland, Texas 77581
Phone: 281-212-1700

Since 2010, University of Houston-Clear Lake at Pearland has proudly served as an upper-level institution serving juniors, seniors, and graduate students in fields like business and behavioral science.

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Criminology M.A. Faculty

Kimberly Dodson
Kimberly Dodson

Kimberly Dodson

Associate Professor, Criminology Program Director,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3492
Office: Bayou 2617.02

Kimberly Dodson Faculty Bio

Hae Rim (Helen) Jin
Hae Rim (Helen) Jin

Hae Rim (Helen) Jin

Assistant Professor of Criminology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3459
Office: Arbor Central 1307.19

Hae Rim (Helen) Jin Faculty Bio

Henda Hsu
Henda Hsu

Henda Hsu

Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3475
Office: Arbor Central 1307.10

Henda Hsu Faculty Bio

Everette Penn
Everette Penn

Everette B. Penn

Professor of Criminology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3383
Office: Bayou 1508.21

Everette B. Penn Faculty Bio