Master of Science in Criminal Justice

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) is designed for criminal justice professionals seeking to advance their careers in law enforcement, corrections, court systems and academia. The curriculum serves as strong preparation for students interested in leadership and teaching roles in criminal justice.

This program is designed specifically to develop the knowledge base and skills essential to those who will become the leaders in policy development, planning and decision making in the criminal justice system. The Master of Science in Criminal Justice reflects the balance needed for leadership, along with the information base necessary to enhance responsible policy-making.

The MSCJ program prepares the student to:

  • work in a leadership role in a criminal justice environment
  • possess the knowledge and skills to secure a leadership position in the criminal justice field
  • demonstrate and support the professional and ethical standards expected of criminal justice professionals
  • possess the knowledge and skills to fulfill the policymaking responsibilities of a leader in a criminal justice related field

Degree Requirements

Courses: Core

INTD670Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making


MGMT605Graduate Research Methods


CJUS600Advanced Review of Criminal Justice


CJUS615Criminology and Public Policy


CJUS625Issues of Diversity in Criminal Justice


CJUS650Terrorism and Homeland Security Management


CJUS675Special Topics in Criminal Justice


Total Credit Hours:28

Courses: Concentration

CJUS620Court Services Management


CJUS630Law Enforcement Management


CJUS640Corrections Management


CJUS685Graduate Criminal Justice Capstone


HRMT645Operational Human Resource Management


Total Credit Hours:20

Total Credit Hours: 48

Preparatory Requirements

The CTU Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program is designed with an in-depth focus in the area of policy. Students from a non-criminal justice undergraduate background are required to successfully complete CJUS500 prior to taking CJUS600. Students who possess this background but need to refresh their knowledge of criminal justice concepts are encouraged to take CJUS500. This course is focused on giving students sufficient background on basic criminal justice concepts and terms common to the profession.


  • Colorado Springs
  • Aurora (Denver Area)
  • Virtual Campus

Area of Study

  • Security Studies & Criminal Justice