Criminal Justice Master's Degree FAQs

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Questions About CCU's Criminal Justice Master's Program

Are you interested in earning your master's degree in Criminal Justice? Find frequently asked questions about CCU's MSCJ program below. For additional questions, please contact an enrollment counselor today!

How many credit hours is the Criminal Justice master's degree and how long does it take to complete?

The M.S. in Criminal Justice program is 36 credit hours and can be completed in as little as 15 months with full-time study, or take up to four years to complete. See the M.S. Criminal Justice Curriculum page for additional information.

Is CCU's Master of Science in Criminal Justice program accredited?

All of Colorado Christian University's programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Visit our Accreditation site for details.

Are there any prerequisites?

There are no coursework prerequisites for this program. Holding a bachelor’s degree, with at least a 2.5 grade point average on a 4-point scale is the only academic prerequisite. Note: With permission, CCU undergraduate students may take multiple courses in this program without being admitted to the program.

How much does the program cost?

View current tuition and fees for the Master of Criminal Justice program.

Is financial aid available?

See our Financial Aid site for detailed information about financial aid and payment options for graduate students. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You are also encouraged to check with your employer about additional tuition benefits that may be available through your company.

What is the program format?

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program is only offered online. Each course is in a five-week format. See M.S. Criminal Justice Curriculum for additional information or email the Criminal Justice Program Director at:

How is the online format different from a traditional classroom-based format?

The CCU Master of Science in Criminal Justice curriculum consists of 12 five-week courses, offered 100% online. Each class blends the latest eLearning technology with the latest educational theory and practice. Courses are asynchronous, meaning students can work at their own pace within weekly timeframes. Students are rarely required to log on at a specific time.

Where is the program offered?

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program is offered online only.

What career opportunities are available for graduates of the M.S. in Criminal Justice program?

Graduates from this program may pursue careers in: law enforcement, courts, corrections, probation and parole, juvenile justice, forensics, criminal investigations, private security, non-profits, and virtually any other jobs in the criminal justice or related social-science fields. Additionally, graduates may wish to take the firm legal foundation from this master’s program and pursue acceptance to law school. Finally, a master’s degree is usually considered the minimum education credential to teach at the college/university level. Graduates from the program, especially those with several years of practical criminal justice experience, may wish to apply for faculty jobs in higher education.

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