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Criminal Justice Degrees at CTU Aurora

The criminal justice system has three main components: law enforcement, the court system, and corrections. These three parts work together to prevent and penalize variant behavior. For students interested in working in criminal justice, there may be other opportunities for additional career paths involving psychology, criminology, sociology or political science.1 Overall, criminal justice can be a fulfilling field that leverages your problem-solving and analytical thinking skills while giving you an opportunity to improve the world around you.

At CTU Aurora, students who pursue a Criminal Justice degree have the potential to learn about crime, law and the judicial process. Specifically, our courses explore topics such as behavioral science, forensics, intelligence, terrorism and management. Criminal Justice students also take advantage of our simulated Criminal Justice Lab, which includes mock crime scenes, interrogation rooms and the latest in forensic technology, microscopes and equipment. These assets give students hands-on experience and can help them prepare for job opportunities in the field.

Our faculty are experienced teachers and bring both academic credentials and field experience to the classroom. They enjoy working with students and have a diverse array of interests, which means you may find a mentor to help you build experience in your area of interest and advise you on your goals.

Campus and Online Criminal Justice Programs

The Criminal Justice degree programs at CTU Aurora include:

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ)

CTU’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program is designed for professionals seeking to further their knowledge of law enforcement, corrections and the court systems. Our program is specifically structured to help students expand their knowledge base and necessary skills for opportunities in policy development, planning and decision-making in the criminal justice system. The curriculum also strives to help interested students prepare for leadership and teaching roles in criminal justice settings.

In addition to a general Criminal Justice master’s degree, CTU Aurora also offers students the option to concentrate in Homeland Security. Examples of courses you could take in the master’s degree program include Operational Human Resource Management, Court Services Management and Issues of Diversity in Criminal Justice.

Doctor of Management – Criminal Justice

For those looking to further develop their management skills in the Criminal Justice field, CTU Aurora offers a Doctor of Management with a concentration in Criminal Justice (DM-CJ) degree program. This comprehensive program is designed to build leadership skills and combines mentoring from CTU faculty, intensive coursework, scholarly research and real-world projects. Doctoral students also have the opportunity to attend Doctoral Symposia, which give students the opportunity to hear from subject matter experts, meet with fellow students and CTU doctoral staff, discuss challenges, and learn more about research and scholarship opportunities.

Explore New Opportunities

Job growth for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists, two careers a Criminal Justice student may pursue, is based on the amount of state and local government funding for corrections. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists is projected to grow by 6% through 2026, and gains in opportunities for counselors, social workers, and other social services fields are projected to be a bit higher at 7% through 2026.2

Perhaps the most remarkable gains, however, are expected to be seen in the field of forensic science. Based on technological advances and increasing public awareness of the importance of forensic science in crime investigations, opportunities for forensic science technicians, also known as crime scene investigators or forensic scientists, are expected to see a growth rate of 17% by 2026.3

Your Degree, Your Way

At CTU Aurora, most of our students are adult learners that may have full-time jobs and families. Our students are able to combine both on-campus and online classes to accommodate their obligations outside of the classroom. Flexibility is one of the benefits of this opportunity since you’ll be able to complete your coursework in a location and at a time that best suits your schedule. By taking advantage of our blended class options, you can maintain your responsibilities and still further your education.

CTU Fast Track

For students with prior knowledge or education, the CTU Fast Track program may be a great way to accelerate the pace at which you complete your degree. With Fast Track, you can take a series of exams that test your knowledge of key course objectives. When you pass our exams, you can earn college credit. Fast Track exams enable our students to save up to 30% in time and money. As an added bonus, Fast Track exams are available at no extra cost to all CTU students.

If you interested in Criminal Justice classes and degree programs at CTU Aurora, schedule an appointment with our Admissions Advisors today.


1. Golding, Jonathon and Lippert, Anne. “Forensic Psychology Careers with a Bachelor’s Degree.” Psychology Today. Retrieved from: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/careers-in-psych/201511/forensic-psychology-careers-bachelor-s-degree (Visited 12/7/17)
2. Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from:
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/probation-officers-and-correctional-treatment-specialists.htm (Visited 12/3/17).
3. Forensic Science Technicians. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/forensic-science-technicians.htm (Visited 11/30/17).

The ability to reduce time in school and/or reduce tuition depends on the number of Fast Track exams successfully passed. Fast Track program credits are unlikely to transfer. Not all programs are eligible for possible 30% reduction in time and money.