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MTSU offers a Master of Criminal Justice (M.C.J.) degree in cooperation with Tennessee State University. A graduate degree can help pave the way for advancement in professional opportunities in law enforcement, homeland security, courts, police administration, correctional management, probation, parole, juvenile justice, drug rehabilitation, and private security or investigations. Master's candidates are not required to take classes at both campuses, but an individual can earn up to 18 hours at the partner institution to transfer to the home institution. Students officially accepted in MTSU’s graduate program may participate in the department’s internship program, with placements available in prosecutor and public defender offices, sheriff and police departments, probation and parole offices, courts, and state and federal agencies. Master’s candidates may choose either the thesis option or a non-thesis track requiring an internship.
A Master of Criminal Justice degree allows graduates to pursue advanced opportunities in law enforcement, courts, and corrections at the federal, state, or local level, or with private security or businesses associated with the criminal justice system. M.C.J. holders also may continue studies for careers in higher education or for law degrees. Some occupations for MTSU graduates from this program:

Chief of police
Corporate security officer/director
Court administrator
Criminal justice professor
Crisis counselor
Emergency services director
Family resource specialist
Forensic scientist
Juvenile court judge
Police officer
Pre-trial release/pre-trial diversion officer
Probation officer/director
Public information officer
Regulatory board investigator
Social services district director
Special agent
State director of safety/homeland security
State trooper
U.S. deputy marshal
Employers of MTSU alumni include
Blue Ridge Center, Asheville, N.C.
Cannon County
City of Atlanta
Cope, Hudson, Scarlett, Reed, McCreary
Cumberland University
Eastern Kentucky University
Family Voices of Tennessee
Fillauer & Wilson, P.C., Cleveland, Tenn.
Forensic Medical
Gallatin Police Department
Hendersonville Police Department
Humphreys County 911
Keiser University
La Vergne Police Department
Litigation Paralegal
Metro-Nashville Government
Metro-Nashville Police Department
Murfreesboro Police Department
Oasis Center
Regions Bank
Rutherford County
State of Tennessee
State of West Virginia
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
Tennessee Correction Academy
Tennessee Department of Human Services
Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security
Tennessee Highway Patrol
Tennessee Parole Board
U.S. Department of Justice
U.S. Probation Office (various locations)
University of South Carolina






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