Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Colorado Technical University’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program is designed for professionals seeking new skills related to law enforcement, corrections and the court systems. This program is structured specifically to develop the knowledge base and skills essential to those who strive to pursue opportunities in policy development, planning and decision-making in the criminal justice system. The curriculum also strives to serve as preparation for students interested in leadership and teaching roles in criminal justice settings.

CTU offers two concentrations for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice, allowing students to focus their degrees.

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.*

Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org

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TOTAL CREDITS

48

PROGRAM AVAILABILITY

  • Online
  • Colorado Springs
  • Aurora (Denver Area)
  • Degree Requirements

    Courses: Core
    CS627 Design and Analysis of Algorithms 4
    CS630 Modern Operating Systems 4
    CS635 Computer Networking 4
    CS651 Computer Systems Security Foundations 4
    CS660 Database Systems 4
    CS672 Systems Engineering Methods 4
    CS698 Computer Science Capstone 4
    Total Credit Hours: 28
    Courses: Concentration
    CS681 Database Design 4
    CS682 Database Administration 4
    CS683 Data Warehouse 4
    CS685 Distributed Databases 4
    ELE Any 600 level course 4
    Total Credit Hours: 20

    Total Credit Hours: 48

    Preparatory Requirements

    The CTU Master of Science in Computer Science degree program is designed to provide technical depth in computer science and in the three concentration areas—software engineering, security and database management systems. In order to achieve this depth a solid foundation in mathematics, computer science, and the student’s concentration area is required. In addition, the student must have an intermediate level of ability to program in a current object-oriented programming language such as C++ or Java, such as is provided by CS215 or IT215. Students who have the required background but need to refresh their mathematics skills are highly encouraged to take MATH501. Students who have the required background but need to refresh some of their computer science skills are highly encouraged to take CS500. Students who do not have the required background in mathematics, computer science, and the concentration or current object oriented programming skills should consult with an Admissions Advisor to design an undergraduate foundation program in preparation for this degree. A resume and entrance essay stating why the student wants to attend graduate school are required in order to successfully assess the student’s preparation for entrance into the MSCS program.

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  • Outcomes

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

    • Perform at the project lead level concerning software systems
    • Formulate an approach for the organization and control of software development efforts
    • Compose state-of-the-practice software engineering techniques requiring a multi-person effort
    • Analyze the effective use of project management tools to provide for resource optimization to meet product delivery challenges
    • Critically evaluate the software process improvement, quality assurance and risk management practices throughout the software development process
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Online Programs - Graduation Rate

The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who started between
7/1/2010 and 10/15/2010 who completed within 150% of the normal time period:20%

All Colorado Technical University campuses and both ground and online enrollments are included in this Graduation Rate.

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Colorado Springs - Graduation Rate

The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who started between
7/1/2010 and 10/15/2010 who completed within 150% of the normal time period:20%

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Aurora (Denver Area) - Graduation Rate

The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who started between
7/1/2010 and 10/15/2010 who completed within 150% of the normal time period:20%

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