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The University of Colorado Denver’s Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) degree was founded in 1972. Now the same program is offered entirely online through CU Online. The program is designed for the best and brightest of the criminal justice world to better understand the justice system and, in turn, make a bigger contribution to society. The MCJ degree is designed to give you an interdisciplinary perspective on criminology and the criminal justice system. The program focuses primarily on law enforcement, the judiciary, correctional systems, juvenile justice, and the formulation of laws and codes.
Whether you currently hold a Bachelor’s of Criminal Justice degree, are working in the criminal justice system, or are looking to change your career from something entirely different, the Master of Criminal Justice degree program will prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities. While a large number of MCJ graduates go on to work for law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and even federal level, the MCJ program can also prepare you for a career in the nonprofit arena focusing on issues such as domestic violence, criminal justice policy, youth justice, and hate crimes.
No GRE Required
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*To get this rate, students must submit an Out-of-State online-only application
The Masters of Criminal Justice program is designed to ensure that students will:
Are you looking for a more customizable experience? Then one of our four concentrations in the MCJ program may be for you.
The crime analyst concentration emphasizes criminal justice and criminology-related subjects. The analytical skills learned in the concentration will help you succeed in a variety of career tracks. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn from the best in the industry. Courses will be taught by current and former analysts so you know you’ll be prepared for an actual career.
The concentration in Disasters, Hazards, and Emergency Management provides a solid all-hazards knowledge base for students interested in natural hazards, disasters, and resilience. The concentration will not ignore security aspects, but security-related topics will be just one among many topics to include natural hazards/disasters, accidents, etc.
The Emergency Management and Homeland Security concentration will provide you with advanced education in the management of emergencies, hazards, disasters, and homeland security. By completing this concentration, you will have the knowledge and skills necessary to assess and manage a broad range of hazards and disasters, and to understand the policy environment in which emergency management occurs.
Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at CU Denver is an affordable option with discounted tuition rates for non resident, fully online students. And of course, you will save money not having to drive to campus!
Tuition and fees are based largely on the class that you enroll in. Tuition amount assessed is determined based on which school/college is offering your class, as well as if it is an undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status.
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Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.
The Master in Criminal Justice requires a minimum of 36 graduate semester hours made up of the following:
The most common course load for MCJ students is six to nine graduate credit hours per semester. We encourage that you not carry more than six graduate semester hours in the MCJ program.
The MCJ program is definitely a commitment, but that doesn’t mean you must study full-time. One of the many benefits to an exclusively online degree program is the flexibility to complete the program on your own schedule. The average time to complete
the MCJ program is about two and a half years, but you are able to take up to seven years to finish the program.
Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first time student, a transfer student, or an international student.
No GRE Required
Learn more about the admissions process by filling out the form above or contacting an Enrollment Navigator today.
Criminal justice professionals are in high demand. A career in criminal justice not only puts you on the front lines in the fight for justice, it also makes you an asset to your community and help make a difference in society.
Due in part to the rapid growth and changing nature of the criminal justice industry, careers in the industry are constantly changing and evolving. Criminal justice management is a field with many different career options. Here are some of the top career opportunities that you could expect after graduation and median average salaries:
|CRJU 5001 - CJ Systems, Policies, and Practices |
This course examines the salient, current critical issues in the justice system affecting law enforcement, courts, corrections, and recent social developments related to personnel. The class includes in-depth explorations of the development, implementation, and analysis of public policy in the field of criminology.
|CRJU 5002 - Criminal Theory|
Explores the origins of criminal behavior and the impact of crime on society. The course examines theories of deviant, delinquent, and criminal behavior. Additionally, practical implications and application of theoretical constructs are analyzed through current research paradigms and empirical research.
|CRJU 5005 - Law and Society|
This course introduces a variety of topics related to law's varying functions and societal implications. The course focuses on social/ legal theory and analyzes law and legal institutions from a critical perspective. Materials provide content on how to evaluate law and legal institutions, especially in relation to equality, justice, and fairness.