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Online Master's in Criminal Justice

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Colorado Technical University offers a Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop an in-depth foundation of knowledge essential for policy development, planning and decision-making roles in the criminal justice system.

Choose from a Master of Science in Criminal Justice general track or homeland security concentration. In this program you will have the opportunity to analyze issues of law, policy, and society—and work to develop effective strategies to confront issues facing criminal justice practitioners in the real world. Discuss current trends in criminal justice, explore terrorism and Homeland Security management—and examine issues related to victimology, crime prevention and juvenile justice.

Employment in protective service occupations is projected to grow, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics.1

For the ninth consecutive year, CTU’s online Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree programs are ranked among the Best Online Master's in Criminal Justice Programs by U.S. News & World Report.*

CTU strives to make it convenient to manage your education with your smartphone or tablet anytime, anywhere with CTU Mobile. Master's in Criminal Justice online classes start 9 times per year and run 5 weeks long. Learn more about CTU’s Master’s programs and see how you may be able to earn your online Criminal Justice Master’s in as little as 18 months2—with no application fees.

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics,; (accessed 1/5/23). This data represents national figures and is not based on school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.
2 Program length assumes a student will be continuously enrolled, and satisfactorily complete all program requirements for graduation. Additional courses, such as statistics requirements, may be necessary dependent on credits transferred to CTU

Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission


  • October 03, 2023
  • November 14, 2023
  • January 02, 2024




  • Online
  • Colorado Springs

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  • Program Overview

    Effective February 2023, this program is no longer available for future enrollments at the Aurora Campus.

    The Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) is a 48-credit-hour program that is offered online and at the Colorado campuses. The program is designed to help criminal justice practitioners explore current trends in the areas of corrections, law enforcement, and criminology in order to advance their policy development, planning, and decision making skills in the criminal justice field.


    This program does not lead to additional licensure or certification.  As such, CTU has made no determination regarding prerequisites for licensure or certification in any state or jurisdiction.

    The mission of the College of Security Studies is to provide engaging instruction and knowledge through public service programs that align with industry relevant standards and cultivate professional competencies, critical-thinking, ethical decision-making, and cultural awareness to promote social justice.

  • Degree Requirements

    Courses: Core
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    INTD670 Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making 4
    CJUS600 Advanced Review of Criminal Justice 4
    CJUS615 Criminology and Public Policy 4
    CJUS625 Issues of Diversity in Criminal Justice 4
    CJUS650 Terrorism and Homeland Security Management 4
    CJUS675 Special Topics in Criminal Justice 4
    PA605 Graduate Research Methods for Public Administration 4
    Total Credit Hours: 28
    Courses: Concentration
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    CJUS620 Court Services Management 4
    CJUS630 Law Enforcement Management 4
    CJUS640 Corrections Management 4
    CJUS685 Graduate Criminal Justice Capstone 4
    HRMT645 Operational Human Resource Management 4
    Total Credit Hours: 20

    Total Credit Hours: 48

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