The University of Colorado Denver’s Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) degree was founded in 1972. Now the same program is offered entirely online through CU Online. The program is designed for the best and brightest of the criminal justice world to better understand the justice system and, in turn, make a bigger contribution to society.
The MCJ degree is designed to give you an interdisciplinary perspective on criminology and the criminal justice system. The MCJ program prepares students for a variety of careers intersecting with the criminal justice system, including federal, state and local law enforcement and criminal justice administration; crime data analysis; victim advocacy and support; juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice; and criminal justice policy and reform. Whether you currently hold a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree, are working in the criminal justice system, or are looking to change your career from something entirely different, the Master of Criminal Justice degree program will prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities.
While a large number of MCJ graduates go on to work for law enforcement agencies at the local, state and even federal level, the MCJ program can also prepare you for a career in the nonprofit arena focusing on issues such as domestic violence, criminal justice policy, youth justice, and hate crimes.
The online Master of Criminal Justice program is designed to ensure that students will:
- have mastery of the concepts and theories associated with the various components of criminology and the criminal justice system;
- have an in-depth knowledge of the theories of crime causation;
- develop skills necessary to utilize research methods in conducting and evaluating criminology and criminal justice issues;
- develop an understanding of criminology and the components of the criminal justice system including law enforcement, courts, and corrections;
- demonstrate knowledge of key theoretical concepts and application to public policy questions and organizational management;
- make use of the broad base of knowledge and research in criminology and criminal justice programming and policy-making;
- communicate knowledge effectively in written and oral formats;
- and utilize critical problem-solving skills and critical analysis in criminology and criminal justice agency settings.