MCJ Program Details

Program Details

MCJ Program Details

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About the Program 

The MCJ program provides an interdisciplinary perspective on crime and the criminal justice system. It focuses on law enforcement, the judiciary, correctional systems, juvenile justice, and the formulation of laws and codes. Individual courses focus on personnel and financial administration, systems analysis, policy analysis, organizational theory and behavior, and program development within the criminal justice system.

Students pursuing professional careers will gain a deep understanding of theory and its applications. Students aspiring to research careers or doctoral work will acquire a strong foundation in criminology and criminal justice research.

Program Requirements

The MCJ requires 36 credit hours, to include:

  • 12 credit hours of core courses

  • 3 credit hours of internship (waiver possible)

  • 15-21 credit hours of electives

  • 3-6 credit hours of capstone or thesis

Average time of completion is one and a half to three years, depending on whether full-time or part-time. Courses can be completed online, on campus, or a combination of both. **

Check out the Degree Plan and Course Schedules for the program. 

**Please be advised that courses are typically offered alternately online and on campus, not concurrently.  It is recommended that if you prefer either all online or all on campus courses,  you speak with the School of Public Affairs before applying.  You can also review the course schedules for the semester.
Certificate Options
Dual Program Options
Faculty and Research Areas


General questions about applying to the School of Public Affairs can be found below.  If your questions are not answered here, you can also find more information on the Future Students section.  

All applicants must apply online.

Required Application Materials
Graduate Certificate Admission
International Students

Financial Aid

To apply for UCCS Scholarships you must:

  • Be admitted to UCCS
  • Submit your FAFSA
  • Complete online scholarship application (opens Dec 1/Mar 1)


Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis

Fall: August 1

Spring: December 1

Summer: May 1

Contact the School of Public Affairs

If you have any questions about the program, or application requirements, you can contact the School of Public Affairs at (719) 255-4993 or via e-mail at