MCJ Frequently Asked Questions
- Where can I get information for prospective students?
- Do you have any dual-degree programs associated with the MCJ program?
- Are there concentrations associated with the MCJ program?
- Where can I get a copy of the MCJ handbook?
- Are you on Facebook?
- Is there an honor society for the MCJ that I could join?
- What are the steps for completing an internship?
- Where do I get information regarding the capstone?
- Where can I get a copy of the MCJ degree plan?
- Where can I get information on core courses required for the MCJ?
- Where can I look at syllabi from past courses?
- Once admitted into the MCJ program, who is my academic advisor?
- Can I write a thesis in lieu of a capstone?
- Question: Where can I get information for prospective students?
Answer: The following link has information including how to request information about our academic programs in the School of Public Affairs. You may use the online form on that page (be sure to click the degree you are interested in), or you can request that program information and admission packets be mailed via snail mail to you: http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/SPA/ProspectiveStudents/informationpacket/Pages/form.asp
- Question: Do you have any dual-degree programs associated with the MCJ program?
Answer: Yes! There are two dual degrees available for the MCJ program. The first is a dual MCJ/MPA degree. For more information, see: http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/SPA/Academics/programs/PublicAffairsAdmin/Pages/DualBachelorMasterofCriminalJustice.aspx). There is also the dual BACJ/MCJ five-year program. Additional information on this program, see: http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/SPA/Academics/programs/CriminalJustice/Pages/DualBachelorMasterofCriminalJustice.aspx
- Question: Are there concentrations associated with the MCJ degree?
Answer: Yes! One can select a concentration in Emergency Management and Homeland Security or Gender-Based Violence. For more information, please go to this page focused on concentrations: http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/SPA/Academics/programs/CriminalJustice/Master/Pages/MCJConcentrations.aspx
- Question: Where can I get a copy of the MCJ handbook?
Answer: There is an abundance of information available in the MCJ Handbook. You can download this document from here: http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/SPA/Academics/programs/CriminalJustice/Master/Documents/MCJ%20Handbook_4_1_2014.pdf
- Question: Are you on Facebook?
Answer: Yes! Our Facebook page offers a lot of relevant information about upcoming events and opportunities important for our students. Like us at: https://www.facebook.com/UCDCrimProgram.
- Question: Is there an honor society for the MCJ that I could join?
Answer: Yes! Alpha Phi Sigma – Kappa Xi is our honor society. Please read about it and ensure you have the qualifications necessary to be admitted before applying. Full information about this group is available here: http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/SPA/Academics/programs/CriminalJustice/AlphaPhiSigma-KappaXi/Pages/AlphaPhiSigma%20Honor%20Society-KappaXi.aspx. Please note there are requirements that must be met before admittance.
- Question: What are the steps for completing an internship?
Answer: Internships are coordinated by the Experiential Learning Center. Download this form for detailed instructions on how to engage in your internship.
- Question: Where do I get information regarding the capstone?
Answer: There is a plethora of information regarding the capstone at this page: http://www.ucdenver.edu/ACADEMICS/COLLEGES/SPA/mcjcapstone. Please note that this page will provide access to additional documents that will be useful in the completion of the capstone.
- Question: Where can I get a copy of the MCJ degree plan?
Answer: This document may be downloaded from here: http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/SPA/Academics/programs/CriminalJustice/Master/Documents/MCJ%20DEGREE%20PLAN.pdf.
- Question: Where can I get information on core courses required for the MCJ?
Answer: Information on the required core courses for the MCJ may be downloaded from here: http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/SPA/Academics/programs/CriminalJustice/Master/Documents/MCJ%20Core%20Courses%20Fall%202012.pdf.
- Question: Where can I look at syllabi from past courses?
Answer: Syllabi across courses, programs and over time are located here: http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/SPA/Academics/Syllabi/Pages/Syllabi.aspx.
- Question: Once admitted into the MCJ program, who is my academic advisor?
Answer: Each student is assigned to one of two Student Service Coordinators. You will be working closely with your Coordinator while matriculating in SPA. For students with last names beginning with A-L, Dawn Savage will be your Student Service Coordinator (email@example.com). For students with last names beginning with M-Z, Antoinette Sandoval will be your Student Service Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org). For international students Scott Steinbrecher will be your Student Service Coordinator (email@example.com).
- Question: Can I write a thesis in lieu of a capstone?
Answer: Yes! Students may write a thesis rather than a capstone IF they meet certain criteria (see below). The thesis option may be a better choice for MCJ students who are interested in undertaking a research project, pursuing careers in research, or entering a Ph.D. program.
Unlike the capstone which takes one semester to complete, theses generally take two semesters (and six credit hours) to complete. In order to be eligible for a thesis, the student must have 1) successfully completed all core courses, 2) have an overall GPA of 3.50 and permission of a the MCJ Director, 3) have identified the thesis topic or area of interest; and 4) Agreement of two SPA faculty members to serve on the thesis committee (one as Thesis Advisor). More information on the thesis option is available in the MCJ Handbook.
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