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Criminal Justice, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) Denver, CO, United States
The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from University of Colorado Denver prepares students with the critical thinking, research, writing and presentation skills to advance careers in criminology and criminal justice, and for graduate studies. 
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The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from University of Colorado Denver explores the complex nature of crime causation; history, framework and operations of criminal justice organizations; implications of public policies; and evolving aspects of criminology and criminal justice, including capital punishment, victimology, race and crime, and community corrections.

The BACJ program will not only provide a direct line to employment in the growing fields of criminology and criminal justice, but it also will facilitate the transition of outstanding students into the School of Public Affairs' Master of Criminal Justice and PhD in Public Affairs programs. Students will be well-prepared with respect to substantive knowledge, critical thinking and analytic skills, research methods, and participating in diverse and inclusive environments to pursue advanced degrees in Criminology, Criminal Justice and related fields. 

Program Mission 

The mission of the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (BACJ) program is: 

  • To provide an intellectually stimulating academic and professional environment in which students and faculty may grow and develop to their full potential;
  • To educate students who are preparing for or pursuing a career in criminal justice, offering realistic preparation for practical success in the workplace and to facilitate the development of skills and capabilities necessary to become a catalyst within the profession so as to enhance the viability and growth of the discipline in an ethical and just manner 
  • To make continuing significant contributions to knowledge and excellence of practice in the fields of criminal justice and allied Social and behavioral sciences through teaching, research, dissemination of knowledge to the public, and direct service to local, state and national constituent communities and criminal justice agencies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice: An Overview
  • Crime Theory and Causes
  • Criminal Justice Research Methods
  • Statistics for Criminal Justice
  • Corrections
  • Law Enforcement
  • Courts and Judicial Process

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Complete the online application
  • Application Fee: You can pay the non-refundable $50 application fee via credit card
  • Request an official high school transcript be mailed from your high school directly to the CU Denver Office of Admissions
  • Official transcripts are those that arrive at our office in an envelope sealed by the institution or local ministry of education
  • The University of Colorado Denver requires official transcripts from your US high school, as well as transcripts for any secondary school coursework completed prior to enrollment in the US. SAT/ACT tests are required for international students who have graduated from a U.S. high school

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27342 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27342 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    25818 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25818 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    9330 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9330 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Denver

  • 1310 - 2220 USD/month
    Living Costs

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