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Colorado Corrections Colleges with Degree Program Descriptions

Research corrections degree programs in Colorado, which currently has more than 10 public and private non-profit schools offering programs. Read an overview of programs, tuition info and program options for 10 schools, and decide which program is right for you.

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Essential Information

Corrections is often included as part of the curriculum in a criminal justice program. In some cases, there is a concentration within the degree specifically for corrections. Criminal justice programs are offered by 4-year schools throughout Colorado, as well as some 2-year schools. Undergraduate degree programs are the most common, though some graduate degree programs are also offered. Occasionally, schools feature a dual bachelor's/master's program as well. Some programs are available online, and in some cases, credits from an associate's degree program can be transferred to a bachelor's degree program.

Students are often required to gain practical experience through a capstone project or internship. For graduate students, a thesis might be required for graduation.

Colorado Christian University

Colorado Christian University, located in Lakewood, offers criminal justice associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs. Programs cover topics in juvenile justice, corrections, criminal justice ethics, criminology and criminal courts. In addition to more general education courses than the associate's degree program and a capstone course, the bachelor's degree program also requires courses in criminal procedures and investigation techniques, victimology, organizational behavior, criminal law and homeland security. The associate's degree program can be finished in 60 credit hours, and the bachelor's degree program requires 120 credit hours for graduation. Online criminal justice associate's, bachelor's, master's and certificate programs are available as well.

Colorado Mesa University

Along with a 120-semester hour criminal justice bachelor's degree program, Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction collaborates with Delta-Montrose Technical College and the Colorado State Patrol Academy to provide a criminal justice associate's degree program. Students in this program complete some course requirements at Colorado Mesa University and receive police academy training at Delta-Montrose Technical College or the Colorado State Patrol Academy. The associate's curriculum covers criminal justice records, offender treatment, inmate constitutional rights, crisis intervention, correctional processes, criminology and judicial functions. The bachelor's degree program trains students in criminal law, social statistics, criminal justice research methods, criminal justice ethics, criminal procedures and corrections. A criminal justice minor is also available.

Colorado Mountain College

Colorado Mountain College's Leadville campus has an associate's degree program with a criminal justice emphasis that was created for students looking to transfer to a bachelor's degree program at the University of Colorado - Denver or Colorado Mesa University. Topics include judicial functions, correctional processes, criminal justice basics, criminology and law enforcement operations. Elective courses help fulfill the 60-credit requirement.

Johnson and Wales University - Denver

The 182.5-credit criminal justice bachelor's degree program can be found at Johnson and Wales University's Denver campus. Students are educated in criminal courts, corrections, criminal law and procedures, criminal justice research methods, criminology and law enforcement. This program also includes general and professional studies courses.

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Metropolitan State University of Denver has a 120-credit criminal justice and criminology bachelor's degree program with courses in corrections, criminological theory, criminal justice statistics, American policing and the American judicial system. Before graduation, students participate in a senior capstone course. This program also allows students to take elective courses in community corrections, punishment and society or probation and parole. A minor in criminal justice and criminology is also available.

Pikes Peak Community College

Colorado Springs' Pikes Peak Community College provides a criminal justice associate's degree program. Required courses train students in criminology, police report writing, correctional processes, criminal and juvenile law, social conflict and constitutional law. Hands-on training is required through an internship. A minimum of 60 credit hours are needed to finish this program. Pikes Peak Community College also offers certificate programs in criminal justice basic, behavior studies, basic investigation and basic criminology.

Red Rocks Community College

Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood has a criminal justice associate's degree program. Courses include correctional processes, policing systems, judicial functions, victimology, criminal law principles and criminal justice research methods. To satisfy the 61-credit-hour requirement, students pass general education courses and a capstone course.

University of Colorado - Colorado Springs

A 4-year criminal justice bachelor's degree program and a 36-credit-hour criminal justice master's degree program are offered at the University of Colorado's Colorado Springs campus. Bachelor's degree program major courses cover crime theory, corrections, law enforcement, criminal justice ethics, criminal justice research methods, statistics, violence and judicial processes. Prior to graduation, students also participate in a criminal justice internship. A minor in criminal justice is also available.

To enroll in the master's degree program, students must earn a bachelor's degree, provide 3 letters of recommendation and submit graduate scholastic aptitude exam scores. Graduate students can expect courses in criminal justice policy and practice, criminal law, criminology theory, advanced corrections concepts, race and crime, police administration and criminal justice ethics. The master's degree program also requires a capstone course or thesis, and those individuals who haven't had any practical experience in this field must also complete an internship.

University of Colorado - Denver

The University of Colorado's Denver Campus offers a 4-year criminal justice bachelor's degree program and a 36-credit-hour criminal justice master's degree program. Students in the bachelor's degree program need to pass courses in criminal theory, court processes, criminal justice statistics, corrections, criminal justice research methods and law enforcement. Additional elective courses can include corrections and treatment, white collar crime, community-based corrections, corrections sociology, violent offenders and domestic violence. An internship must be completed prior to the end of the program. The bachelor's degree program is also available online.

In order to gain admission to the master's degree program, prospective students need to have a bachelor's degree, acceptable graduate scholastic aptitude exam scores and 3 letters of recommendation. The master's degree program has courses in criminal justice policies, law and society, criminal justice research methods, criminal justice statistics and criminological theory. By the end of the program, participants take a capstone or master's thesis course. The master's degree program can be completed onsite or online. A dual Bachelor's/Master of Criminal Justice program is also available that allows students to complete their master's degree requirements in only 1 year after satisfying the bachelor's degree requirements.

University of Northern Colorado

Greeley-based University of Northern Colorado has a 4-year criminal justice bachelor's degree program, as well as an online or on campus criminal justice master's degree program that can be completed in 2 years. Undergraduate coursework covers correctional systems, judicial research, judicial processes, policing systems, victim studies, crime theory and comparative justice systems. A minor in criminal justice is also available.

Master's degree program admission requirements include submitting graduate scholastic aptitude exam scores or a personal essay, providing 2 letters of recommendation and completing a bachelor's degree program. Students in the master's degree program encounter courses in advanced criminal justice research methods, crime policy, criminal justice planning, criminal justice statistics and criminal justice management. Students also choose to submit a capstone project or thesis.

Career Requirements

Colorado requires prospective correctional officers to pass several tests, along with a criminal background check. When looking for a corrections degree program in Colorado, prospective students might want to enroll in a criminal justice degree program for related training. Once they're hired, corrections employees receive training at Canon City's Correctional Training Academy.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Corrections Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)
Colorado Christian University 4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city Certificate in Criminal Justice,
Associate of Science in Criminal Justice,
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice,
Master of Science in Criminal Justice
Undergraduate: $27,986,
Graduate: $14,176*
Colorado Mesa University 4-year, public; small city Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice,
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice,
Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice
$7,474 for CO residents; $18,072 for out-of-state residents*
Colorado Mountain College 4-year, public; remote town Associate of General Studies with Criminal Justice Emphasis $1,556 for in-district residents; $2,756 for other CO residents; $9,140 for out-of-state residents*
Johnson and Wales University - Denver 4-year, private not-for-profit; large city Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice $29,576*
Metropolitan State University of Denver 4-year, public; large city Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology $6,420 for CO residents; $20,057 for out-of-state residents*
Pikes Peak Community College 2-year, public; large suburb Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice $3,290 for CO residents; $12,538 for out-of-state residents*
Red Rocks Community College 2-year, public; midsize city Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice $3,429 for CO residents; $13,145 for out-of-state residents*
University of Colorado - Colorado Springs 4-year, public; large city Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with Forensic Studies, Law or Law Enforcement options,
Master of Criminal Justice
Undergraduate: $7,692 for CO residents; $17,988 for out-of-state residents,
Graduate: $9,916 for CO residents; $19,330 for out-of state residents*
University of Colorado - Denver 4-year, public; large city Bachelor of Criminal Justice,
Dual Bachelor's/Master of Criminal Justice,
Master of Criminal Justice
Undergraduate: $8,692 for CO residents; $23,704 for out-of-state residents,
Graduate: $7,804 for CO residents; $21,646 for out-of-state residents*
University of Northern Colorado 4-year, public; small city Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice,
Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
Undergraduate: $8,166 for CO residents; $19,752 for out-of-state residents
Graduate: $10,809 for CO residents; $19,454 for out-of-state residents*
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