Pathways Bachelor of Arts - Master of Criminal Justice

School of Public Affairs


Degree: BA/MCJ

Clasroom 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.

Program Details

Interest Categories: Criminology & Law Public Administration & Policy

Campus: CU Denver

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.

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

  • 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 and 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

Program requirements

  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 resident credit hours, 21 of
    which must be in resident coursework.
  • Students must receive a minimum B grade in each required core MCJ
  • A minimum of 3.0 GPA overall is required in all graduate-level
  • Students must successfully complete an MCJ capstone or thesis.
  • Students must fulfill all college and major requirements.
  • Students are eligible to receive the Bachelor of Criminal Justice
    degree once they have successfully completed 120 credit hours and
    all CU Denver undergraduate degree requirements.
  • Students must seek full acceptance to the Graduate School and the
    MCJ program.
  • For competitive admission to the Graduate School and the MCJ
    program, students must have a minimum of a 3.0 CU cumulative
    grade point average in undergraduate Criminal Justice courses.
  • The MCJ will be conferred once the student has completed all
    requirements of the Master of Criminal Justice degree.
  • Application to the pathway program is completed after the student is
    already admitted to the University of Colorado Denver and meets the
    requirements as listed above. Students must have an established CU
    Denver cumulative GPA and major GPA before they can seek approval
    in the pathway program. Students will work with their undergraduate
    academic advisor in seeking approval to the pathway program,
    which includes a separate application than the one used for general
    admission to CU Denver.

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.

Application​ deadlines

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