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CJ Department in the News: 11/20/2022

Watch the video from @PBS: Report From Santa Fe where Michael S. Vigil, former Chief of International Operations in charge of all Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) offices Worldwide, talks about the NMSU Criminal Justice Program:


CJ Department in the News - Honduras TV: 01/02/2023

 Mike Vigil, a Former Chief of the International Operations Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), former Special Agent in Charge of Caribbean and San Diego Divisions, Recipient of the Top Cop Award National Association of Police Organization, Honorary General of the Government of Afghanistan, Contributor: ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, Telemundo, TV Azteca. Univision, Honduran National Television: 2022 Emisoras Unidas Honduras; Author of the following books: DEAL, Claw of the Dragon, The Rise of the Sicario, Narco Queen, Afghan Warlord, Land of Enchantment Cartel, Evolution of Mexican Cartels was interviewed on Honduras TV, and the CJ program received international coverage.

Listen the interview where he talks about the NMSU Criminal Justice Program (video is in Spanish)


We are proud to share that New Mexico State University ranked a top school for online master’s in criminal justice for 2023.
NMSU Global Campus has ranked #17 in Top Online Criminal Justice Master's Degrees for 2023.
New Mexico State University has been recognized as one of the best schools for online learning at the master’s level by (OMD).
NMSU’s criminal justice programs earned top honors for overall quality, affordability, and commitment to student success.

 Our Mission




The mission of the Department of Criminal Justice is to offer quality undergraduate and graduate educational programming that provides students with valuable insights into the criminal justice system through a diverse and inter-disciplinary curriculum, experiential learning, and faculty-led research opportunities. Students will develop the skills necessary for successful careers in fields related to criminology and criminal justice. The department supports and encourages scholarly, experiential, and applied research endeavors, including those involving collaboration with local, state, and federal agencies dealing with crime, law enforcement, corrections, justice studies, law, juvenile justice, social justice, immigration, punishment and the borderlands.

Our Vision

The vision of the Department of Criminal Justice is to be one of the nation’s premier academic units specializing in crime and criminal justice issues, including those of the southwestern borderlands region. The curriculum shall continue to evolve to embrace this uniqueness toward supporting NMSU’s Federal Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), Minority Serving Institution (MSI), and Land Grant missions. We seek to promote interdisciplinary inquiry in our approach to education with real-world experience, and theoretical, policy- oriented, and applied research in criminology, law, social justice, juvenile justice, human trafficking, and corrections. The department seeks to prepare traditional and non-traditional students with the tools necessary to excel as future professionals and leaders in the field of Criminal Justice. 

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About Us

Founded in 1962, the Department of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University is one of the oldest Criminal Justice programs in the nation. It is one of the largest academic departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and as a graduate of our Department, you are part of a strong community of alumni representing an expansive range of positions in premier agencies across the country and around the world. Our Department is proud of the many successes of its alumni.


CJ faculty

Faculty  members of the Department of Criminal Justice care deeply about our students, and the awards we have received attest to this caring attitude. A   goal   of the faculty is to extend their knowledge and skills to agencies and groups across the State and within the Community in an effort to be proactive in the prevention of crime and to assist in developing cutting edge best practices.



What Can I Do With a CJ Major?


Explore opportunities in the criminal justice field   here

Careers in Forensics? Click   here  to learn more about Careers in Forensics: Analysis, Evidence, and law

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Click   here  to download the CJ Brochure in Spanish




 Department Newsletters 

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