Criminal Justice Degree Programs in Cordova, TN: Program Overviews

Oct 26, 2018

Cordova, TN, Schools with Criminal Justice Programs

Students who want to study criminal justice have multiple school options near Cordova, TN, and can earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field. This article examines three public schools within 50 minutes of downtown Cordova. It also contains a table that offers a side-by-side comparison of the three schools in areas such as tuition, enrollment, acceptance rates and graduation rates. This could be useful to prospective students. At the end of the article is some information about a nearby private school that offers a criminal justice program.

  • The University of Memphis is a little more than seven miles from Cordova and has bachelor's and master's degree programs available in criminal justice.
  • Just 15 miles from downtown, Southwest Tennessee Community College is one of the closest 2-year schools to Cordova with criminal justice programs. It offers associate degrees in the field.
  • Although it's located in another state, the Northwest Mississippi Community College, about 47 miles from downtown Cordova, is an option. The school offers an associate's degree in criminal justice.

Comparison of Schools

The following table lists pertinent information about these schools, making it easy to compare them.

University of Memphis Southwest Tennessee Community College Northwest Mississippi Community College
School Type 4-year, public 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 21,521* 9,099* 7,654*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Distant town
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $9,317 for in-state; $21,029 for out-of-state* $4,155 for in-state; $16,131 for out-of-state* $3,000 for in-state; $5,400 for out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017) 97%* 92%* 91%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 85%* 100%* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2016) 75%* 54%* 66%*
Graduation Rate 43% (students who began in 2011)* 10% (students who began in 2014)* 25% (students who began in 2014)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

University of Memphis

At the University of Memphis, criminal justice students have access to numerous extracurricular activities such as court observations and auxiliary probation service.

Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice

The criminology and criminal justice major portion of this degree equals 36 credit hours, while the rest of the 120 credit hours are divided between electives. Coursework includes topics such as police, courts and corrections in the U.S., law and society, comparative justice systems and criminal behavior. An honors option is available in this program for students who're looking to distinguish themselves from other students.

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

Studying various statistics and research methods is a vital part of this graduate program. Forensic sciences, terrorism, substantive criminal law and white collar crime are just a few of the courses available at the graduate level. Students can also study Constitutional rights, juvenile delinquency, intervention strategies, criminal justice administration and victimology.

Southwest Tennessee Community College

This institution's associate's degree program in criminal justice requires an internship; however, students may be granted field experience credit if they have relevant work experience.

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Studies

This associate's degree program normally takes about 60 credit hours to complete. Students can take classes in drug abuse and law, investigative report writing and criminology in addition to correctional counseling, juvenile justice and psychological aspects of criminal behavior. Coursework also covers topics such as criminal law and the Constitutional rights of prisoners.

Northwest Mississippi Community College

The curriculum for the criminal justice major at this Mississippi school is designed to help students transfer into a 4-year program at another school or find an entry-level position in the field.

Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice

This program can be pursued in a fully online format or through on-campus study. In addition to the general education requirements of the program, students can study topics such as criminal investigation and police operations. The program starts off with two introduction classes on corrections and criminal justice. Students take courses in criminal law, police administration and organization, criminology and juvenile justice. An internship can also be pursued as an elective.

Other School Options

Le Moyne - Owen College is a private not-for-profit 4-year university located about 18.3 miles away from downtown Cordova. The school has a criminal justice major.

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