Tennessee Criminal Justice Degrees & Programs

Students who want careers in law enforcement or criminal justice and want to study in Tennessee have several schools from which to choose. With colleges and universities offering 51 undergraduate degrees and 7 graduate degrees, students can choose from various areas of study. Criminal justice, police science –criminal investigation, criminal justice administration, paralegal studies, criminology, law enforcement, and homeland security are some of the many study areas offered at the Tennessee criminal justice schools.

Consider online Criminal Justice programs currently accepting applicants:

Criminal Justice Scholarships

Tennessee has several organizations that offer scholarships to criminal justice students, including the American Association of State Troopers, Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Tennessee State Lodge of Fraternal Order of Police and Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police. Students may also find scholarships at some of the colleges like Tennessee State University and Walters State Community College.

Criminal Justice Career & Employment Trending

According to figures by O*NET, 2014 wages earned by most criminal justice workers were lower than the national average. Projected job growth for 2012-2022 range from -4 to about thirty-four percent depending on the occupation.

Lawyers can expect to see about 380 new job postings annually and police & sheriff’s patrol officers and first-line supervisors of police & detectives should see 490 and 90, respectively. Below are 2014 wages, predicted job growth and national average wages.

  • Judges, magistrate judges & magistrates – $117,200 – 6% – $115,100
  • Lawyers – $98,000 – 31% – $115,000
  • Fish & game wardens – $66,400 – -4% – $50,900
  • First-line supervisors of police & detectives $55,500 – 10% -$80,900
  • Private detectives & investigators – $54,800 – 34% – $44,600
  • Social workers, all other – $53,800 – 19% – $59,100
  • Detectives & investigators – $51,100 – 9% – $79,900
  • Forensic science technicians – $49,700 – NA% – $55,400
  • Criminal justice & law enforcement post-secondary teachers – $46,900 – 12% – $57,200
  • Police & sheriff’s patrol officers – $41,100 – 11% – $56,800
  • Probation officers & correctional treatment specialists – $35,500 – 3% – $49,100
  • Correctional officers & jailers –$28,800 – NA% – $39,800