University of Northern Colorado

College of Education & Behavioral Sciences

Criminal Justice



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Online

Program Description:

The mission of UNC’s Criminal Justice Program is to prepare students for professional success and to provide them with the foundation for continuation of their education by offering undergraduate and graduate students a high quality interdisciplinary education that focuses on theory, research and critical thinking skills, leadership, and ethical conscientiousness. The Criminal Justice faculty, through teaching excellence, scholarly productivity, and service to the community, the University, and the discipline, seek to serve as role models by encouraging students to engage in methodologically sound scholarship, to serve their communities, and to excel in their chosen fields. The University of Northern Colorado’s Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program (MACJ) is designed for working professionals who wish to further their education in the field of criminal justice. Many criminal justice agencies require graduate-level education for career development and advancement. However, individuals employed in such agencies often have difficulty completing traditional university, campus-based programs. UNC’s MACJ fills this need by offering rigorous online programming that focuses on leadership, management, policy, planning, research, and recognized best practices in the various parts of the criminal justice system. In addition to providing a program that meets the needs of working professionals, the academic rigor and research focus of UNC’s MACJ program also prepares students for continued graduate education. The objectives for the MACJ are to provide students with: 1. an advanced understanding of traditional and emerging criminological theories; 2. critical-thinking and problem-solving skills necessary for effective leadership and policy decision-making; 3. analytical and research skills necessary to both understand and participate in “best practices” research; 4. an understanding of the importance of the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of the criminal justice system; and 5. an opportunity to produce a project that has real-world applications in their field of interest or to conduct original research on a topic of their choosing.


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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