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Criminology & Criminal Justice Ma

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A Criminal Justice Master's Degree Designed to fit your schedule

The Criminology and Criminal Justice Master of Arts degree program is designed for working professionals in the fields of law enforcement, corrections, probation, victim services, and the judiciary environment. This program is offered at our Loveland Center at Centerra, with some course requirements completed online.

This master's program will provide you with...

  • An advanced understanding of traditional and emerging criminological theories
  • Critical-thinking and problem-solving skills necessary for effective leadership and policy-making
  • Opportunities to conduct original research and projects with real-world applications

Most students choose to focus on applied research skills that allow them to assist their agencies immediately, though some choose to pursue research that advances the overall body of knowledge in criminology and criminal justice. Our mix of experienced faculty will help you follow the path that inspires you.

Career Options for Graduates

Many criminal justice agencies require a graduate degree for advancement. This master’s degree will provide you with the professional, practical training in leadership, policy and best practices, which will allow you to move up in the field and better serve your community.

More Resources

We also encourage you to visit the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice  page for this program.

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Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
Less than 2 years
$570/credit hour

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Program Coordinator:

Mary Evans


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What Students Say

Adam Turk - criminal justice masters graduate

“Had it not been for the UNC master's degree, I would not be in the position I am in today.  The skills I acquired played a key role in my promotion and continue to help me in my current job assignment.

"As a result of the knowledge, research, and contacts from the program, I am a stronger leader and manager at my current police organization.”

– Program Graduate Adam Turk,
Investigations Lieutenant, Greeley Police Dept.

Saara Alakoski - criminal justice master of arts graduate

“I soon realized if I wanted to advance in the criminal justice system, I needed to further educate myself. My experience with the master’s program was a very good one. All of the professors made themselves available for any questions that arose.

"I put my degree to use daily. In fact, we just started a new intake unit, and we now receive the new people coming from court after sentencing.”

– Program Graduate Saara Alakoski,
Probation Officer, 18th Judicial District (CO)

“The Master of Arts program allowed me to gain invaluable experience. The curriculum prepared me to advance my career in the criminal justice field working as a Victim Services Coordinator and running the Juvenile Diversion program out of Eagle County, Colorado.

"The professors tailor the classes to be relevant to working professionals as well as expand the student’s academic prowess and understanding. The format, classwork, professors and overall program are top notch, allowing professionals to advance their careers in any area of criminal justice that they choose.”

– Program Graduate Kamille McKinney,
Victim Services / Juvenile Diversion Coordinator, 5th Judicial District (CO)