Pathways Bachelor of Arts - Master of Criminal Justice

School of Public Affairs


Degree: BA/MCJ

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

This pathway program is designed to allow students to work concurrently toward the bachelor's and master's degrees in criminal justice, offering high-achieving students the opportunity to complete their degrees in just over five years.

Application deadlines

Fall: July 31; Spring: December 31; Summer: May 31

Program Details

Interest Categories: Criminology & Law Public Administration & Policy

Campus: CU Denver

The Pathways Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (BACJ)/Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) degree allows high-performing students to earn both degrees in an accelerated time frame.Both the BACJ and the MCJ degrees are offered fully online, providing students with the flexibility to schedule courses around family and work demands while engaging criminal justice opportunities in their own communities.

The BACJ/MCJ degree program offered by the School of Public Affairs allows high-performing students to count 12 credit hours towards both the BACJ and the MCJ degrees. Eligible students will have completed at least 75 credits with a minimum 3.5 grade point average (GPA) in the BACJ major and a 3.0 overall GPA, completed the undergraduate Core Curriculum, and met all other requirements listed below.

Students are eligible to receive the BACJ degree once they have successfully completed 120 semester hours and all CU Denver undergraduate degree requirements. The MCJ will be conferred once the student has completed all degree requirements.

General requirements

To earn the pathways degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.

Pathways Application

Both current CU Denver students and new transfer students are eligible to apply to the Criminal Justice BA/MCJ after meeting the following requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in the School of Public Affairs as a Criminal Justice
  • Completed the University of Colorado Denver's undergraduate core
  • Completed 60 credit hours
  • Completed the following 12 credit hours in criminal justice:
    • CRJU 1000: Criminology & Criminal Justice: An Overview (3 credit hours)
    • CRJU 2041: Criminological Theory (3 credit hours)
    • CRJU 3100: Research Methods (3 credit hours)
    • CRJU 3150: Statistics for Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
  • Transfer Criminal Justice courses must have been approved and accepted toward the major
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA in criminal justice courses

Students will work with their assigned undergraduate academic advisor to apply for the Pathways program after they have already matriculated to the university and have met the stated criteria. Students do not apply for the Pathways program at the time of application to CU Denver.

BACJ/MCJ Program Matriculation

Students admitted to the Pathways BACJ/MCJ program will work with their assigned undergraduate academic advisor to enroll in MCJ-level courses each semester. Students can complete up to 6 credit hours of MCJ coursework per semester as an undergraduate and a maximum total of 12 graduate semester credits completed as an undergraduate BACJ/MCJ student overall. Students will continue to take undergraduate coursework while also completing graduate-level coursework.

Students in the Pathways BACJ/MCJ program may be eligible to complete the MCJ-level internship only after successfully passing two MCJ-level courses. The MCJ-level internship may fulfill both the BACJ and MCJ internship requirement. The BACJ-level internship will not fulfill the MCJ-level internship. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA for all coursework and a 3.5 GPA for the BACJ major.

Recommended Completion Time:5 Years

Max Transfer Credits:9

Max Credits Per Year:In most cases, students wishing to take more than 18 credit hours per semester (12 in the summer session) must have the overload approved by the dean.

Required Credits for Completion:144 Credits

Admission Requirements

View the admissions requirements for the School of Public Affairs.

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