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The Master’s of Criminal Justice program is designed to ensure that students will:
Are you looking for a more customizable experience? Then one of our four concentrations in the MCJ program may be for you! Concentrations include:
Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at CU Denver is an affordable option with discounted tuition rates for non resident, fully online students. And of course, you will save money not having to drive to campus!
Tuition and fees are based largely on the class that you enroll in. Tuition amount assessed is determined based on which school/college is offering your class, as well as if it is an undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status. For more information or to view exact rates, please visit the Bursar's website.
Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.
The Master in Criminal Justice requires a minimum of 36 graduate semester hours made up of the following:
The most common course load for MCJ students is six to nine graduate credit hours per semester. We encourage that you not carry more than six graduate semester hours in the MCJ program.
The MCJ program is definitely a commitment, but that doesn’t mean you must study full-time. One of the many benefits to an exclusively online degree program is the flexibility to complete the program on your own schedule. The average time to complete the MCJ program is about two and a half years, but you are able to take up to seven years to finish the program.
Criminal justice professionals are in high demand. In fact, 31 percent of the federal workforce was eligible to retire starting in 2017. A career in criminal justice not only puts you on the front lines in the fight for justice, it also makes you an asset to your community and help make a difference in society.
Due in part to the rapid growth and changing nature of the criminal justice industry, careers in the industry are constantly changing and evolving. Criminal justice management is a field with many different career options. Here are some of the top career opportunities that you could expect after graduation and median average salaries:
Callie Marie Rennison earned her Ph.D. in 1997 in political science from the University of Houston, University Park, where she also received a B.S. in psychology, M.A. in sociology, and M.A. in political science. In 2016, she was awarded the Bonnie S. Fisher Victimology Career Award from the Division of Victimology in the American Society of Criminology. She has also served on a National Academies Committee examining domestic sex trafficking of minors in the United States and was a Senior Researcher at the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Callie has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses including Research Methods, Statistics, Murder in America, Crime and the Media, and Introduction to Criminal Justice.