Master of Science in Criminal Justice

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) is a 48-credit-hour program that is offered online and at the Colorado campuses. The program is designed to help criminal justice practitioners explore current trends in the areas of corrections, law enforcement, and criminology in order to advance their policy development, planning, and decision making skills in the criminal justice field.


This program does not lead to additional licensure or certification.  As such, CTU has made no determination regarding prerequisites for licensure or certification in any state or jurisdiction.

Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Security Studies is to offer degrees in criminal justice, homeland security, and cybersecurity to create the professionals that will address issues these fields are facing today and likely to confront tomorrow. The College anticipates industry and enterprise trends that have significant societal impact in order to provide diverse programs that cultivate professional competencies, critical-thinking, ethical decision-making, and cultural sensitivity to promote social justice and global security.


Master of Science in Criminal Justice 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

MSCJ Program Learning Outcomes

  • Apply knowledge of criminal justice principles to analyses and evaluations
  • Incorporate the psychological and sociological dimensions of human behavior and crime in analyses and evaluations
  • Apply advanced concepts relating to law enforcement, corrections and the courts
  • Examine and integrate the emerging trends in the criminal justice system

Degree Requirements

Courses: Core

INTD670Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making


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


MGMT600Applied Managerial Decision-Making


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


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

Area of Study

  • Security Studies & Criminal Justice

Degree Level

  • Master