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 knowledge 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 opportunity to develop practical skills and knowledge to help prepare for a career in this demanding field. The Master of Science in Criminal Justice emphasizes 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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    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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  • Outcomes

    This degree program is designed to provide the following skills and knowledge:

    • Work in a leadership role in a criminal justice environment
    • Possess the knowledge and skills to secure a leadership position in the criminal justice field
    • 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
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