Lincoln Memorial University

Criminal Justice

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) program at Lincoln Memorial University is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills that will help prepare them for professional careers in management and administration ina variety of justice-related organizations, careers in research, and for further 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. The program offers a variety of elective classes that provide students the opportunity to tailor their coursework to meet their individual needs and interests. Students will have opportunities to work closely with academic faculty through independent study and participation in scholarly research projects.

Students will have two options for completing the degree program:

Thesis Option (36 credit hours): Students must successfully complete 15 credit hours of core coursework, an additional 15 hours of elective coursework, and complete 6 hours of thesis research, which will include an oral defense.
Non-thesis Option (36 credit hours): Students must successfully complete 15 hours of core coursework, an additional 21 hours of elective coursework, and successfully pass a comprehensive written examination. This option should be considered a terminal degree that will not prepare students for academic study at the doctoral level.

Core requirements (15 credit hours):

  • CRIM 505 - Theories of Crime and Criminal Justice (3)
  • CRIM 506 - Ethics and Issues in Criminal Justice (3)
  • CRIM 510 - Crime and Public Policy Analysis (3)
  • CRIM 511 - Criminal Justice Research Methods (3)
  • CRIM 512 - Justice Administration and Leadership (3)

Elective courses (15 – 21 credit hours):

  • CRIM 605 - Homeland Security and Emergency Management (3)
  • CRIM 615 - International Crime and Policy (3)
  • CRIM 620 - Victimology (3)
  • CRIM 625 - Juvenile Justice (3)
  • CRIM 630 - Community Corrections and Offender Reentry (3)
  • CRIM 635 - Crimes of the Powerful (3)
  • CRIM 640 - Race, Gender, Class and Crime (3)
  • CRIM 645 - Rural Criminal Justice (3)
  • CRIM 650 - Qualitative Research Methods (3)
  • CRIM 695 - Special Topics Seminar (3)
  • CRIM 696 - Independent Study (3)

Thesis Option (6 credit hours):

  • CRIM 697 – Thesis Research and Writing

Program Total: 36 hours
Currently, courses are offered through traditional classroom instruction on the main campus in Harrogate. Courses are scheduled in the evening to help working professionals pursue their academic goals. Future coursework may include hybrid or online options depending on the needs and desires of students. Regardless of the delivery method, the program will remain solidly committed to maintaining a small faculty-to-student ratio and will provide a high-quality academic program that is rigorous, professionally relevant, and consistent with guidelines established by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Click here for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice Catalog.

If you are interested in obtaining more information about MSCJ program, please contact Dr. MaryAnn Thrush at

International students please contact:
Ke Collins|423.869.6384|


Criminal Justice


423.869.3611 | 800.325.0900
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752