Master of Science in Criminal Justice (M.C.J.)

Joint Program with Middle Tennessee State University


The department offers the Master of Criminal Justice degree jointly with Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.  The degree program was developed by Dr. Douglas Morgan, TSU department head at the time, and the late Dr. J. Frank Lee, department head at MTSU, and first graduated students in 1978.

Since it began, students have earned the MCJ degree and scattered across the United States and the world.  Some have pursued even more study and earned doctorate degrees or law degrees.  Many are working in local, state or federal agencies and a few are college professors of CJ.


Students must complete six courses at both universities including four core courses, a mandatory research methods course and six electives at the graduate level.  A thesis, completed at either university, is required.

Applicants for admission complete the joint MCJ form that admits the applicant, if successfully admitted, to both universities.  

A copy of the application for admission form and a review of TSU Graduate School policies and procedures can be accessed on the Graduate School home page.

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