Academic Catalog 2018-2019 
    Jun 06, 2023  
Academic Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

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A society may be judged, perhaps more than anything else, by its system of justice. It is the very pillar upon which a civil society is built. The field of Criminal Justice has become increasingly demanding. Advances in forensic science, criminal psychopathology, data analysis and other technological developments have put valuable but complex tools in the hands of law enforcement and criminal justice professionals. Domestic and international terrorists, cyber-criminals, demands for transparency in government, and expanded concerns about civil liberty and race relations has placed expanded responsibility and accountability upon criminal justice professionals, resulting in additional competency requirements.

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice program at Colorado Christian University provides not only the competencies necessary to be a successful leader in the criminal justice system, but will help students cultivate the character and the courage of moral conviction necessary to be a force for good and to administer justice in a manner based upon biblical principles.


Consistent with CCU’s vision, mission, and goals, the graduate of the M.S. Criminal Justice program will be a knowledgeable, articulate leader, proficient in all aspects of criminal justice. Graduates of the Master of Science in Criminal Justice should have competencies in the theories and methodologies of the criminal justice system; enhanced application of analysis, decision-making, and problem solving; and an understanding of contemporary management practices; and organizational leadership skills.


When confronted with defining ethics, present-day views tend to think of morals as only a context of cultural beliefs with no finite moral truths. At Colorado Christian University, we believe there are Moral Truths, established by God, and indwelt by the Holy Spirit. The M.S. in Criminal Justice incorporates the infallible Word of God into every subject taught with the goal of nurturing an extraordinary moral character into every program graduate, faithful to the trust bestowed upon them by society.


To live as a Christian, especially in the law enforcement/criminal justice community, requires courage and strength of character. The graduates of CCU’s M.S. in Criminal Justice should have the resolve and tenacity to use their knowledge and skills to raise the level of professional practice and do what is right, even when that is not the popular course. Master of Science in Criminal Justice graduates should also have the courage to communicate these ideas in order to act as agents for social change, and the faith and strength of conviction to be “set apart” in attitude, manner, and self-control, inspiring confidence and respect for their position of public trust.

Admission to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Admission to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice program is selective. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of previous academic performance, personal and professional accomplishments and goals, and strength of character. A strong desire to complete graduate-level work in a Christ-centered, biblically based community is important. All M.S. Criminal Justice admissions decisions are made by and only by Colorado Christian University.

Admission Requirements:

  • Earned Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average between 2.0 and 2.49 will be admitted on a conditional admit (CAD) basis for the first semester.  CAD students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in their first nine (9) credits to remain in the program.
  • Completed online application form (including essay, transcripts, and fees) at
  • Demonstrated completion (C or better) of undergraduate-level statistics prerequisite.

Transfer of Courses

Students may transfer up to six semester hours of graduate credit from a regionally accredited college or university. The coursework must be comparable to that offered at CCU and fulfill the CCU M.S. Criminal Justice degree requirements.

Time Limitation

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program is a 36 credit-hour degree designed to be completed within 15 months of intensive accelerated adult graduate study by persons who work or are otherwise occupied by the equivalent of a full time job. M.S. Criminal Justice courses may be taken online or in our hybrid format (a combination of online and classroom content delivery). Full-time students may complete the M.S. Criminal Justice program in two years.

All work applied toward a master’s degree must be completed within a four-year period from the date of enrollment. After the four-year period, an M.S. Criminal Justice student who has not completed the requirements to graduate will be withdrawn from the program. Students who go beyond the four-year period and wish to complete their Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree will be required to apply for reconsideration by completing a Petition for Exception to Academic Policy. Readmitted students will be required to adhere to the degree plans and academic policies in place at the time they are readmitted. 

Applicants to the Colorado Christian University M.S. Criminal Justice program are required to have a background in statistics. This background may be obtained through undergraduate coursework as demonstrated by the student’s transcript, or taken at CCU or another accredited institution. Alternatively, the student may complete the equivalent CLEP or DSST exams. A student may start CCU’s M.S. in Criminal Justice program before completing the prerequisite, but must complete the statistics prerequisite prior to registering for CRJ 656 - Research Methods for Criminal Justice Professionals .

Taking Prerequisite Courses Online

CCU has partnered with Ivy Software to provide students with a convenient and flexible way to fulfill prerequisite requirements at an affordable cost. The following course is available for purchase:

  • Business Math and Statistics (fulfills Statistics prerequisite)

The program takes on average 20 hours to complete. Students are able to download all course material. The student must pass a final course test with at least an 80% in order for the course to count toward the prerequisite. This test may be taken as many times as needed, but students are only allowed three attempts per purchase. Additionally, if exams are purchased but not completed within two years, the exam expires.

Purchase and download prerequisite courses on the Ivy Software website.

Notify your CCU Student Service Advisor (SSA) of any problems you encounter with an Ivy Software program or any time you pass a test. He or she will be able to take the appropriate action to ensure that your degree plan is updated with the completed prerequisite information.

Graduation Requirements for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice

The faculty recommends students in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree to the Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements.

  1. Completion of 36 credit hours.
  2. A letter grade of C- or better and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the University’s 4.0 grade scale in all CCU course work.
  3. Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar.
  4. No outstanding financial obligations to the University.

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