Master of Criminal Justice

The University of Colorado Denver’s Master of Criminal Justice program combines research, theory, policy, and praxis. It allows students to explore a wide variety of topics in law enforcement, courts, and corrections. The MCJ enables students to develop critical thinking skills and system insights that promote exceptional leadership skills. The degree prepares students to work at local, state, or federal agencies or pursue a PhD in criminology and related fields. With nationally renowned faculty and expert practitioners, students gain a comprehensive graduate education in criminology and criminal justice.

Total Credits


Course Modalities

In-person, online & hybrid

Time to Degree

Full Time: 2 Years

Max: 7 Years

What will you learn?

Students will develop an in-depth understanding of structures, practices, and challenges associated with crime and criminal behavior. With a focus on practical and theoretical skills that include research methods and statistics, diversity, inclusion, and communication, students will be well-equipped to successfully navigate ambiguity, conflict, and change in the context of criminal justice systems.

What can you do with an MCJ?

The Master of Criminal Justice program prepares you to work in various agencies and leadership roles in the criminal justice field. Graduating students are well-equipped for law enforcement, corrections, and court careers. Alumni are employed in investigations, crime analysis, probation, parole, re-entry organizations, advocacy positions, think tanks, and more!

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MCJ Curriculum

Learn about the courses you need to complete to earn the Master of Criminal Justice.

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