The Criminal Justice Mentoring Center


Student Testimonials

Student Engagement is a priority!


“The online graduate program promotes student engagement in all courses, this allows us to interact with the instructors and classmates. This interaction creates an accessible environment that is responsive to the student needs which brings about success. Student programs incorporate the diverse online student resources to assist the online program student further.”

Roberto Gutierrez, Class of 2019, Masters of Criminal Justice




“The best part of CJ online program is the flexibility provided together with the faculty’s commitment to the students. Students are provided with the flexibility to work around their own personal and/or work schedule and consequently are able to enhance time-management skills to complete their coursework at their own pace. Having this flexibility also leads for students to become self-motivated, self-discipline, and responsible. All this, along with the faculty’s commitment to the students by providing feedback, support, and advice develop an encouraging environment. The CJ Department Faculty is fantastic.”

Claudia Gamboa, Class of 2018, Criminal Justice Major

The Criminal Justice Mentoring Center has been designed as an office where students can meet with criminal justice personnel and prospective employers for career advice.  The office will be staffed with practitioners from criminal justice agencies (local, state, and Federal) from around the country.  Students can meet with agency personnel for mentoring and advice on internships, employment, and careers.  This is a service for students, and the department encourages participation in this resource.  These agencies will only send representatives if they know students will take advantage of this opportunity.  We advise students to please stop in on a regular basis to gain insights into careers in the criminal justice field.


The Criminal Justice Department Mentoring Center is located in Breland Hall 127.

  • Career advice
  • Internship opportunities
  • Mentoring and personal growth
  • Information about various agencies
  • Future job opportunities

Please visit the CJ Mentoring Center for the following recruitment events: 

Las Cruces Police Department will be on campus in our Mentoring Center, Breland Hall 127, for recruitment:

Las Cruces Police Department Recruiting Flyer

Dear Students, NMSU Police is visiting the Mentoring Center, Breland Hall 127






New Mexico State Police will be in Breland Hall, room 127 

Their schedule this semester is as follows:







The New Mexico State Police will be on campus to speak with students about career opportunities. 




The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s office will be in our Mentoring Center (located in Breland Hall 127) 








The U.S. Customs and Border Protection schedule for the Mentoring Center this semester 







The Las Cruces Police Department – 










Press Conference to the Sun News and KTSM:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection recruiting new agents at NMSU – Criminal Justice Department!
Las Cruces Sun News Today:…/nmsu-criminal-just…/1363464002/ (Links to an external site.)



Tulsa Police Department and Criminal Justice Department Partnership

The Department of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University partners with the Tulsa Police Department! This collaboration introduces a dynamic paid internship program, giving our criminal justice students the incredible opportunity to gain hands-on law enforcement experience while completing the final 15 credit hours needed for their degrees.

Attending the Criminal Justice Program and working for the agency allows students to undergo training and receive employment upon graduation, which supports their education costs.

Attending TPD Academy:

Like an Internship:

  • Criminal Justice majors can attend the academy while getting paid
  • Six months of instructions, and five months of field training, including ride-along
  • In the first six months of training, earn $55,000 annually, then up to $100,000
  • After completing all prior degree requirements and being accepted into the Tulsa Police Academy (passing a background check, meeting physical fitness standards, etc.), students will have the opportunity to finish the final 15 credit hours at the TPD Academy.
  • Students finish the Academy and graduate with the degree.