Top Ranked Criminal Justice Degree Program - Nashville, TN

Students interested in studying criminal justice the in Nashville area have several schools to choose from. Read about the top local schools' degree programs, tuition, and ranking info to find the right one for you.

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School and Ranking Information

There are roughly ten schools within 25 miles of downtown Nashville that have criminal justice programs. The following schools are considered the top three based on criminal justice program levels available, tuition, and number of degrees awarded in the field:

  • Winner: Tennessee State University, located in Nashville, secured first place for its low tuition rates, multiple levels of degrees in the field and the substantial size of its criminal justice program.
  • Runner Up #1: Remington College in Nashville is the first runner up due to its cutting-edge criminal justice training facilities, including multiple labs and a courtroom.
  • Runner Up #2: Trevecca Nazarene University, found in Nashville, received third place for its location, level of criminal justice degree offered and the program's popularity at the university.

School Comparison Chart

Category Tennessee State University Remington College - Nashville Campus Trevecca Nazarene University
Ranking Nation's 19th ranked historically black university for 2013* N/A N/A
Location Nashville, TN Nashville, TN Nashville, TN
School Type Four-year, public Two-year, private not-for-profit Four-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $6,426 (undergraduate, in-state)
$18,954 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$8,310 (graduate, in-state)
$19,790 (graduate, out-of-state)**
$15,995 (undergraduate)** $21,290 (undergraduate)**
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered Bachelor's and master's degrees Associate degree Bachelor's degree
Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 68** 29** 20**
Most Popular Criminal Justice Program in 2011-2012 Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (66 awarded)** N/A N/A
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) 36% for 2005 entering class** 58% for 2008 entering class** 54% for 2005 entering class**
Noteworthy Among the nation's largest criminal justice programs Criminal justice program offers state-of-the-art training equipment and opportunities to tour facilities of local criminal justice agencies N/A

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES, College Navigator

Winner: Tennessee State University

  • According to the school website, there are roughly 650 students within the Department of Criminal Justice
  • In addition to traditional bachelor's and master's degrees, the university offers an off-campus bachelor's degree completion program to students attending local community colleges

TSU is a land-grant institution with two Nashville area campuses. Students interested in studying criminal justice at this four-year public school can find bachelor's and master's degree programs available through the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Criminal Justice. Students enrolled in the undergraduate program gain practical training through access to labs, field trips, guest speakers, and various internship opportunities. The curriculum also requires students to complete a semester-long senior practicum at a local criminal justice agency.

Other options include a bachelor's degree completion program, which enables students who've finished an associate degree program in criminal justice to earn a bachelor's degree from TSU by taking classes at participating community colleges, such as Motlow State Community College and Volunteer State Community College. Additionally, TSU offers a Master of Criminal Justice in conjunction with Middle Tennessee State University that allows students to take courses at both campuses.

Runner-Up #1: Remington College - Nashville Campus

  • Campus features five criminal justice labs, including a mock courtroom and crime scene lab
  • The program brings in guest speakers from local criminal justice agencies and includes field trips to highway patrol offices and juvenile courts, among others

Remington College is a two-year, not-for-profit career training school with locations in 20 cities. Students attending the Nashville Campus can pursue an associate degree in criminal justice. In addition to completing coursework in such areas as constitutional law, security management, and victimology, students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in various criminal justice settings. Curriculum includes laboratory work that allows them to conduct fingerprint analyses, take part in mock criminal prosecutions, and practice detecting blood spatters. After completing program requirements, graduates can transfer credits to a distance education criminal justice bachelor's degree offered through the school's online division.

Runner-Up #2: Trevecca Nazarene University

  • Criminal justice program awarded the second most bachelor's degrees within the university in 2011-2012, according to the NCES
  • Curriculum integrates coursework in Christian ministry
  • Financial aid was awarded to 98% of incoming undergraduates in 2011-2012, per NCES figures

Established in 1901, TNU is a private not-for-profit Christian school offering a bachelor's degree program in criminal justice studies through its School of Arts and Sciences. Program coursework covers such topics as criminal investigation, juvenile delinquency, and criminal law. The curriculum also includes a criminal justice practicum that students undertake in their final year of study. Upon program completion, students are prepared to seek entry-level employment in the field or pursue a graduate degree. In addition to a bachelor's degree, TNU offers students the option of pursuing a minor in criminology. There are also a variety of service, leadership, and extracurricular opportunities available, including internships, study abroad experiences, and Adventure Leap, a two-night camping excursion.

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