Program Overview

The University of Northern Colorado’s Master of Arts in Criminal Justice is designed for working professionals who wish to further their education in the field of criminal justice by completing a rigorous hybrid program. The program’s focus is 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 prepares students for careers in research, teaching, and continued graduate education.

Program Objectives

  • An advanced interdisciplinary education in the field of criminal justice;
  • An advanced understanding of the traditional and contemporary criminological theories informing criminal justice policy and practice;
  • Experiences in applying the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that promote effective decision-making and visionary leadership;
  • Opportunities to use the methodological and analytical skills needed to conduct research in criminal justice agencies, institutions, and systems;
  • An advanced understanding of the ways that economic, cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity influence criminal justice policy and practice; and
  • The opportunity to conduct research on a topic of their choosing and/or to complete an internship in a profession of interest.

Dr. Mary Evans, Graduate Coordinator
(970) 351-3049

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