Department of Criminal Justice Administration
Welcome to the Department of Criminal Justice Administration at Middle Tennessee State University. The CJA Department offers programs of study at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
At the undergraduate level, students may obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal
Justice Administration. Students majoring in CJA may choose concentrations in Law
Enforcement or Homeland Security. Minors in either Criminal Justice or Homeland Security
are offered for non-CJA majors.
At the graduate level, students may obtain a Master of Criminal Justice degree by completing either a thesis track (33 hours) or a non-thesis track (36 hours) and successful completion of the written comprehensive examination.
New Minor and Degree Tracks
New Criminal Investigation Minor
The Criminal Justice Administration Department is pleased to announce a new minor in Criminal Investigation. This minor is designed for students interested in gaining the knowledge and skills necessary for investigations; whether private or public, criminal or civil. This minor was developed to allow students the flexibility to focus in an area of their choice with a broad array of elective options. The minor is open to all students not already majoring in CJA. If you are looking to add an edge to your major consider a minor in Criminal Investigation.
Required Courses (9 hours):
CJA 1100 – Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJA 2200 – Prevention and Control of Crime
CJA 4330 – Criminal Investigation
Elective Courses (9 hours):
CJA 2400 – The Judicial Process
CJA 3230 – Victimology
CJA 3900 – Organized Crime
CJA 3440 – Crime Scene Investigation
CJA 4350 – Homicide Investigation
CJA 4530 – Criminal Evidence & Procedures
Accounting, Aerospace, Agriculture, Business, Computer Science, Finance, Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Science, Management, Political Science, Pre-Law, Psychology, Public Administration, Risk Management & Insurance, Social Work, Sociology
To address the diverse interests of our students the Criminal Justice Administration Department has developed several ‘tracks’ within the major. These tracks allow students to tailor the CJA major toward their interest and highlight their accomplishments and knowledge in a particular area. Each track requires 15 hours of guided electives and is available to students who do not already have a concentration.
- Disaster & Emergency Management
- Security Management