Department of Criminal Justice Administration

Rutherford County CourthouseWelcome 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

Related Majors:

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

Degree Tracks

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.

   Tracks Available
  •             Courts
  •             Disaster & Emergency Management
  •             Penology
  •             Security Management



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Mailing Address

P.O. Box 238

Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, TN 37132


Department Main Office:

Jones Hall 223