Master of Science in Criminal Justice - General

Colorado Technical University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program is designed to help professionals looking to grow their expertise in the areas of law enforcement, corrections and the court system. From policy development to decision-making to research methods, this versatile degree program is designed to help provide a strong and wide-reaching foundation. The MSCJ curriculum embraces a range of topics and issues including homeland security, diversity, ethics and management to help provide students with the practical skills and knowledge that are required for a career in this demanding field. The Master of Science in Criminal Justice reflects the need for leadership in the modern criminal justice community while also emphasizing the importance of innovative and responsible policy-making to society at large.

For the third year in a row, CTU’s online Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree programs were ranked among the Best Online Programs by U.S. News and World Report.*

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CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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  • Program Outline

    CTU’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program includes 48 total credit hours of required instruction. These include 28 hours of core classes and an additional 20 hours of concentration credits. In total, the MSCJ degree consists of:

    • Core Education: The core Master of Science in Criminal Justice coursework provides a foundation of essential criminal justice concepts, theories and practices. Core education courses in the program include Leadership and Ethical Decision Making, Criminology and Public Policy, and Terrorism and Homeland Security Management. Students from a non-criminal justice undergraduate background are required to successfully complete CJUS 500, a course which focuses on basic criminal justice concepts and terms common to the profession.
    • Concentration: Students who pursue a MSCJ degree will also complete 20 hours of coursework relating those core criminal justice concepts to the areas of court services, law enforcement and corrections. These concentrated courses address a range of criminal justice-oriented management strategies and industry-relevant procedures applicable to a number of specific career fields. Concentration courses in this program include court services management, law enforcement management and operations human resource management.
    • Capstone: During the last quarter of the program students will complete a capstone project. This final project allows students to apply the skills learned in both core and concentration courses to a real-world criminal justice scenario.
  • Courses

    Degree Requirements

    Courses: Core
    INTD670Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making4
    CJUS600Advanced Review of Criminal Justice4
    CJUS615Criminology and Public Policy4
    CJUS625Issues of Diversity in Criminal Justice4
    CJUS650Terrorism and Homeland Security Management4
    CJUS675Special Topics in Criminal Justice4
    MGMT600Applied Managerial Decision-Making4
    Total Credit Hours:28
    Courses: Concentration
    CJUS620Court Services Management4
    CJUS630Law Enforcement Management4
    CJUS640Corrections Management4
    CJUS685Graduate Criminal Justice Capstone4
    HRMT645Operational Human Resource Management4
    Total Credit Hours:20

    Total Credit Hours: 48

    Preparatory Requirements

    The CTU Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program is designed with an in-depth focus in the area of policy. Students from a non-criminal justice undergraduate background are required to successfully complete CJUS500 prior to taking CJUS600. Students who possess this background but need to refresh their knowledge of criminal justice concepts are encouraged to take CJUS500. This course is focused on giving students sufficient background on basic criminal justice concepts and terms common to the profession.

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    Master of Science in Criminal Justice

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  • Outcomes

    CTU’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice program should equip students to:

    • Work in a leadership capacity in a criminal justice environment
    • Demonstrate and support the professional and ethical standards expected of criminal justice professionals
    • Possess the knowledge and skills to fulfill the policymaking responsibilities of a leader in a criminal justice related field

    These criminal justice skills may be applied to a wide range of industries. Students who complete the degree program may consider a number of different careers including2:

    • Utilization Manager
    • Program Manager
    • Senior Program Manager
    • Team Leader
    • Laboratory Manager
    • Clinical Program Manager
    • Project Leader
    • Technical Program Manager
    • Professor of Criminal Justice
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1Students may be required to complete some or all coursework for the program via Virtual Campus delivery.

2; The career titles are provided by Burning Glass. These results are based upon an analysis of over 7 million current job listings compiled from over 17,000 sources – the world’s most comprehensive repository of job openings. Students who earn this degree should not view this list as exhaustive and are not limited to only these options post-graduation. Some career titles listed above may not be entry-level and may require further education or job experience.