Pathways Bachelor of Arts - Master of Criminal Justice
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.
The Program at a Glance
School: School of Public AffairsCampus: CU DenverClassroom: Online and on campus classesRecommended completion time: 5 YearsCredits required for completion: 144Maximum transfer credits: 9Application deadline: Fall: July 31; Spring: December 31; Summer: May 31
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
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
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.