Online MCJ Program Ranked Number 24 in NationToula Wellbrook | School of Public Affairs Jan 27, 2021
The MCJ program prepares students to administer, analyze, evaluate, and facilitate improvements in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. The curriculum emphasizes research design alongside skills required for analyzing empirical data and innovating in crime control and prevention. Students who advance through the program acquire strategies and skills for promoting individual, organizational, and social change. Additionally, students have the option to pursue a concentration in crime analysis; disasters, hazards and emergency management; emergency management and homeland security; and gender-based violence. The program can be completed fully online, fully in-person (once students and faculty return to campus post pandemic), or in a hybrid format.
“Our exceptional Criminal Justice and Criminology faculty at the School of Public Affairs provide a first-class, student-oriented, affordable online MCJ program and curriculum that continues to be ranked among the best in the nation, according to the most recent U.S. News rankings,” Paul Teske, Dean of CU Denver’s School of Public Affairs, said. “Along with other recent rankings that have placed us as high as #4 in the country, this signifies that our mix of excellent faculty, students, and courses works very well.”
U.S. News selects factors, known as ranking indicators, to assess each online graduate criminal justice program in the categories of engagement, faulty credentials and training, services and technology, expert opinion, and student excellence. A program's score for each ranking indicator is calculated using data that programs reported to U.S. News in a statistical survey and a peer reputation survey completed by 79 schools with online programs in criminal justice.
“The School of Public Affairs’ MCJ faculty are among the best in the nation and committed to providing students with a quality education in criminology and criminal justice,” said Professor Lorine Hughes, Director of the MCJ program. “We are fortunate to be supported in our efforts by talented staff and administrators as well as community partners and practitioners with years of experience in crime analysis, victim services, law enforcement, court processing, and both juvenile and adult corrections.”
In September 2020, the MCJ program was ranked fourth in the nation, according to College Consensus’ rankings for Best Online Master's in Criminal Justice for 2020. By combining the results of the most reputable college ranking publishers and thousands of real student reviews from around the web, College Consensus provides a comprehensive ranking of a school's reputation and quality. The College Consensus is the combined average of a school’s “Publisher Consensus”—an average rating score from respected college rankings publishers, including Forbes, Money, U.S. News & World Report, and Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education—and a school’s “Student Consensus”—an average student review score from sources including the websites Cappex, My Plan, Niche, Students Review, and Unigo.
Learn more about the Master of Criminal Justice program, including admission and application requirements. Applications are accepted for the fall, spring and summer terms, with deadlines of August 1, December 1, and May 1, respectively. To set up a virtual appointment with the School of Public Affairs’ recruiting and admissions coordinator, contact email@example.com.