The LMU Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) program is an online graduate program designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for professional careers in management and administration in a variety of organizations including – but not limited to – the fields of law enforcement, probation, and corrections. Students graduating from the LMU MSCJ program are proficient in the quantitative and qualitative research methods that are required for professional analysis and for further academic study at the doctoral level. All students will demonstrate proficiency in theories of crime and justice, justice ethics, scientific research methodology, policy analysis, and leadership.
Graduate students in the LMU MSCJ program work with leaders in the field of criminal justice with real-world experience: active and retired police officers, published academic and professional researchers, and experienced criminal justice agency administrators. The LMU MSCJ program offers a variety of elective courses that provide students with the opportunity to tailor their coursework to meet their individual areas of interest, such as Juvenile Justice, Homeland Security, Rural Criminal Justice, and Victimology.
Students may also complete an internship with an agency of their interest for course credit and to promote further real-world experience. Internships allow students to apply what they have learned in the classroom, gain valuable work experience, and foster professional contacts, all of which are useful for beginning or advancing a professional career. Though not required, all criminal justice graduate students are encouraged to complete a field internship in a local, state, or federal criminal justice agency of their choosing.
LMU MSCJ students can complete internships with multiple agencies, including:
- Attorney General's Office, 8th Judicial District
- Bell County Circuit Court
- Claiborne County Sheriff's Department
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Federal Bureau of Prisons
- Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
- Tennessee Department of Corrections, Division of Probation and Parole
What can you do with the LMU Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) degree?
The LMU MSCJ degree makes available a wide variety of career opportunities, including:
- Agency and Correctional Facilities Administration
- Child Protective Services and Social Services Caseworker
- Social Services Administration
- Post-Secondary Teacher/Professor
- Law Enforcement Leaders
- FBI Special Agent
- TBI Special Agent
- State and Federal Law Enforcement Career Advancement and Administration
- Secret Service Agent
- Criminology advancement and career promotion
- Law School
Why choose the LMU Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) program?
- Convenient. The LMU MSCJ program allows students to learn at their own pace and on their own schedule. Admission into the LMU MSCJ program is offered for the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters so that students can continue their education right away. Online courses allow students to interact with professors at conveniently scheduled times and as needed through recorded lecture sessions.
- Personal. The LMU MSCJ program offers a more personal, online education through the use of easy-to-use interactive tools. Small class sizes allow more personal interaction and individualized attention between professor and student. Our faculty members strive to meet student needs and concerns in a timely and thorough manner.
- Career Advancement. Faculty members in the LMU MSCJ program understand that the criminal justice field is ever-changing and competitive. Utilizing the great depth of faculty experience and insight, the LMU MSCJ program can assist students to advance in their law enforcement careers in today's job market.
- Flexible. The LMU MSCJ program is not just for police officers. In fact, students graduating from the LMU MSCJ program have pursued careers in a variety of criminal justice fields such as criminology, law, and counter-terrorism. Through elective courses, LMU MSCJ students can tailor their curriculum to their own needs.
- Affordable. At $485 per credit hour (as of the 2017-2018 academic year), the LMU MSCJ program is one of the most affordable graduate programs of its kind, not only in the Appalachian region, but in all of the United States. In addition, the LMU MSCJ program has many avenues of funding for attendance and participation at criminal justice conferences across the country.
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