Colorado Technical University

MS in Criminal Justice

Individuals who wish to prepare for leadership or teaching roles in criminal justice may be interested in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program offered by Colorado Technical University. Read more about the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

School Offering Program:

Colorado Technical University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Those who wish to apply to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program should be experienced criminal justice professionals and interested in gaining the leadership skills and industry knowledge necessary to become leaders in policy development. Applicants to Colorado Technical University's graduate programs should have already earned a bachelor's degree.

Program Description:

The coursework in Colorado Technical University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice program analyzes law enforcement, the courts, and corrections as the primary components of the criminal justice system, their relationship to one another, and their impact on policy-development. Students can study criminology theory and current research and learn to address the causes of contemporary crime through the application of criminal justice research and informed public policy development. Topics discussed include operational human resource management, court services and case management, corrections administration and management, homeland security management, and law enforcement theory and management. The program also examines issues of ethical leadership and decision-making, how cultural diversity impacts crime, and ways of ethically addressing issues of diversity.

Learning Format:

Offered online and at selected campuses

Program Length:

48 credits

Financial Aid:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify, and Colorado Technical University's staff help students identify aid options. Aid opportunities include federal grants; military aid; and federal, state, and private lending programs. Financial aid options differ based on the program's learning format.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Criminal Justice:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Colorado Technical University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses

  • HRMT 645: Operational Human Resources Management (4 credits)
  • INTD 670: Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making (4 credits)
  • MGMT 605: Graduate Research Methods (4 credits)
  • CJUS 600: Advanced Review of Criminal Justice (4 credits)
  • CJUS 615: Criminology and Public Policy (4 credits)
  • CJUS 620: Court Services Management (4 credits)
  • CJUS 625: Issues of Diversity in Criminal Justice (4 credits)
  • CJUS 630: Law Enforcement Management (4 credits)
  • CJUS 640: Corrections Management (4 credits)
  • CJUS 650: Terrorism and Homeland Security Management (4 credits)
  • CJUS 675: Special Topics in Criminal Justice (4 credits)
  • CJUS 685: Graduate Criminal Justice Capstone (4 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program can help criminal justice professionals prepare for increased responsibilities in their current positions or for new career opportunities in private security, academia, court systems, corrections, and federal, state, or local law enforcement agencies. Graduates of the program may be able to pursue positions such as:

  • Security director
  • Probation officer
  • Police officer
  • Police chief
  • Detective
  • Case manager

CTU does not guarantee employment or salary. University grants or scholarships are based on established criteria as published in the University's catalog and are awarded after verification that the conditions of eligibility have been met.

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