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Dual Bachelor / Master of Criminal Justice

The Dual Bachelor/Master of Criminal Justice program provides a unique opportunity for highly qualified undergraduate criminology and criminal justice students. The program allows qualified undergraduate students to get a jump start on their Master of Criminal Justice degree while completing their Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree.

Qualified students can complete up to 12 credits of graduate-level criminal justice courses that are eligible to count toward both their BACJ and MCJ degrees. This allows a student to graduate with their BACJ while already completing up to one-third of the MCJ program. As an added incentive, students enrolled in this program will be offered a scholarship each semester while completing their undergraduate degree to offset the tuition difference between undergraduate and graduate level tuition, thus saving money on the graduate degree.

Students can apply for the dual program anytime from their second year forward, but students will most likely apply during the second semester of their junior year. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. The Application Form and Recommendation Form can be accessed below:

 Eligibility Requirements

Both current  CU Denver and new transfer students are eligible to apply after meeting the following criteria:
  1. Currently enrolled in the School of Public Affairs as a Criminal Justice major
  2. Completed the University of Colorado Denver core curriculum
  3. Completed 60 semester credit hours
  4. Completed the following 12 semester credit hours in criminal justice: CRJU 1000 (Criminology & Criminal Justice: An Overview); CRJU 2041 (Crime Theory & Causes); CRJU 3100 (Research Methods); and CRJU 3150 (Statistics for Criminal Justice). Transfer criminal justice courses must have been approved as equivalent.
  5. Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  6. Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA in criminal justice courses

Admission ​Criteria

Admission to the dual BACJ/MCJ program is competitive.  Applicants will be evaluation on the following:
  1. Grade point average (overall and in criminal justice course work
  2. Grade trend (improving, consistent, or declining)
  3. Total number of credit hours completed
  4. Likelihood of success and persistence based from the Statement of Intent and Recommendation
See the below documents for more information:


For furt​her information contact:

Nora Scanlon
Undergraduate Criminal Justice Advisor and Program Coordinator | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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