Criminology & Criminal Justice

School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences


Nicole with Students Alex Piquero with Students Nicole Piquero Investiture

The criminology faculty and staff are very informative and personal. If you’re looking to further your career and gain more knowledge about the criminal justice system, consider UT Dallas and the criminology program.

— Ryan Siddique BA'08


We offer a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science, and a PhD in Criminology as well as an executive Master of Science in Justice Administration and Leadership. The EPPS Criminology program is ranked as the #1 Criminology/Criminal Justice program in authorships per article (Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 2016) and 9th best criminology program in the nation per College Factual. Courses at UTD examine the causes and consequences of crime and crime control policies while over a dozen full-time faculty members work with students to develop solutions for community organizations and agencies. With a strong focus on research, there are opportunities for students to work alongside faculty on projects ranging from violence prevention in schools to policing to community corrections and white-collar crime.

Three of our faculty have been ranked in the top 20 for the most prolific criminologists in elite publications. Dr. Alex R. Piquero has been appointed by the U.S. Attorney General to the Office of Justice Programs’ Science Advisory Board and serves as an evaluator for the National Institute of Justice. Two Criminology faculty members have won the prestigious UT System Board of Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award. Collectively, our faculty are frequently featured in nationwide media outlets and published in top academic journals. Many faculty members incorporate past experiences from working in the criminal justice system in their classrooms. Our faculty members are well known throughout the academy, in the community, and the program houses some of the best quantitative and qualitative criminologists of today.