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Master of Science in Criminal Justice

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The Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) program will help you transition to that next phase and continue to advance in your career! The program is open to students who have obtained a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice or a related field. Students can elect to participate in the Law Enforcement Administration Certificate program, the Corrections Administration Certificate program, the 30-hour MSCJ, or all three!

Program Highlights:

  • 100% Online courses allow you to work and study at a time and location convenient for you!
  • 5-week courses reduce your time away from work or family and shorten your time to graduation!
  • NO GRE or Thesis Required!
  • Graduate Certificate Programs available!
  • Transfer coursework and Professional Training Credits accepted!

MSCJ Required Courses

Criminal Justice 702 Administration of Justice (3 hours)

Criminal Justice 703 Civil Liberties (3 hours)

Criminal Justice 705 Applied Research in Criminal Justice (3 hours)

Criminal Justice 708 Criminological Theory (3 hours)

Criminal Justice electives (18 hours)

Total minimum hours required for MSCJ: 30


Graduate Certificate Program

Graduate Certificates allow you to earn advanced credentials without completing an entire degree! Students who enroll in a certificate program receive their certificates after completing the required coursework with an overall GPA of 3.0. Graduate Certificate coursework also counts toward MSCJ requirements if you later decide to come back and finish your degree!

Law Enforcement Administration Certificate (12 credit hours)

  • CJ 605 Law Enforcement Administration - 3 Credit Hours
  • CJ 703 Civil Liberties - 3 Credit Hours
  • CJ 716 Standard and Training - 3 Credit Hours
  • CJ 717 Professional Development - 3 Credit Hours

Corrections Administration Certificate (12 credit hours)

  • CJ 564 Corrections - 3 Credit Hours
  • CJ 703 Civil Liberties - 3 Credit Hours
  • CJ 706 Juvenile Justice Theory and Practice - 3 Credit Hours
  • CJ 709 Advanced Topics in Victimology - 3 Credit Hours

Professional Training Credit

Real education isn't just from books! We get that, and award degree credit to graduates of these professional programs:

  • FBI National Academy
  • University of Louisville Southern Police Institute
  • Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command
  • UT National Forensic Academy
  • UT Southeastern Leadership Academy
  • UT Command College
  • Other equivalent senior/executive-level training

Admission Requirements

  1. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 or a 3.00 in your last 30 credit hours. 
  2. A written statement of professional goals that addresses how the MSCJ would contribute to the achievement of your goals and your strategy for successful academic performance.
  3. Application Fee $40


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Contact Us

Our office is available to provide more information on the program, admission requirements, student life, and anything else you’re wondering about.


We look forward to hearing from you!

Dr. Brian Donavant

Dr. Brian Donavant

Criminal Justice Faculty Coordinator


(731) 881-3510


Deborah J. Gibson

Deborah J. Gibson

Coordinator, Education Graduate Student Services Coordinator


(731) 881-7128




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