May 22, 2024  
2019-20 Graduate Catalog 
2019-20 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice Administration, M.C.J.

Lee Wade


The Department of Criminal Justice Administration  offers a Master of Criminal Justice (M.C.J.) degree. A minor in Criminal Justice Administration at the graduate level is also offered at MTSU.

The M.C.J. degree can be obtained entirely online, in class, or as a combination of the two.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Normally, applicants for admission are expected to present satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a score of 370 or better on the Miller Analogies Test.

Applicants are expected to have an undergraduate degree in criminal justice, or to have completed a minimum of 18 credits at the undergraduate level in criminal justice or an approved equivalent.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applications for admission will be considered on a rolling basis.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at;
  2. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT);
  3. submit official transcripts of previous college work.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Criminal Justice degree requires completion of a minimum of 33 semester hours (thesis) or a minimum of 36 hours (non-thesis) with no more than 30 percent of the total degree hours dually listed as undergraduate/graduate hours.

Curriculum: Criminal Justice

The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements.

Core Courses (18 hours)

Electives (15-18 Hours)

  • 15-18 hours selected in consultation with advisor (thesis-track-15 hours/non-thesis-track-18 hours)

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.