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					Dual Bachelor of Arts and
Master in Criminal Justice
(BA/MCJ) Program

Approved by SPA Faculty Council, October 14, 2008
Last Updated – March 2, 2010




        10/22/2008 Final Revision
I.     Program Description

The dual BA/MCJ program is designed to allow students to work concurrently toward the
B.A. in Criminal Justice (BACJ) and the Master in Criminal Justice (MCJ). Graduate
credit hours earned while enrolled in the BA/MCJ program can be counted toward both
the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Criminal Justice. This program offers high achieving
students the opportunity to complete their undergraduate and graduate degrees in criminal
justice in five years. BA/MCJ degree program caters to the highest level of students and
allows the School of Public Affairs to assist in fulfilling the University-wide goal of
helping students become well-educated citizens who can pursue rewarding careers and
contribute to the global economy. Additionally, the 5 year program aligns with SPA’s
strategic plan to “provide clear pathways to graduate education.” The BA/MCJ program
exhibits the values of creativity, innovation, flexibility, personal growth and professional
success, which are of utmost importance for education at UCD.

Students admitted to the dual program will be awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal
Justice degree upon completion of the B.A. program requirements and will be eligible to
participate in the undergraduate commencement ceremony.

Students admitted to the BA/MCJ program must apply for full graduate admission and be
accepted to the Master in Criminal Justice program. BA/MCJ students are not guaranteed
admission to the MCJ program.

BA/MCJ students desiring to continue with the MCJ program after completing the B.A.
degree must submit a formal application, all official transcripts, official GRE scores, a
written statement of intent, and letters of recommendation in order to be considered for
full admission to the MCJ program. Instructions on the graduate application process are
available on the School of Public Affairs webpage; http://spa.cudenver.edu.

BA/MCJ students are not required to complete the MCJ program. BA/MCJ students are
admitted, however, on the premise that they intend to complete both degrees.




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Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (BACJ)

The BACJ program requires a total of 120 semester credit hours including the University
of Colorado Denver’s core curriculum (34-36 semester credit hours), the School of Public
Affair’s criminal justice major requirements (36 semester credit hours), and a minimum
of 45 semester credit hours of upper-division course work (3000 and above). Please refer
to the University of Colorado Denver Catalogue for complete program policies and
requirements.

Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ)

The MCJ program requires a minimum of 36 semester credit hours including 21 semester
credits of elective criminal justice coursework (which may include an internship/field
study), 12 semester credits of required core criminal justice courses, and 3 required
semester credits for the advanced seminar/capstone. All courses must be completed with
an average of B or better. No grade below C- will be accepted for graduate credit. Core
courses must be completed with a B- or better. All students who have not had
professional criminal justice experience are required to complete a field study. All
students must complete an advanced seminar/capstone project or thesis approved by
faculty advisor. Please refer to the MCJ Handbook for complete program policies and
requirements.

Dual Credits

The BA/MCJ program allows students to count 15 semester credits toward both the
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Master in Criminal Justice programs. In order
for credit to be double-counted, the following conditions must be met:

       1. Dual credit courses are approved by your SPA faculty advisor as meeting
          requirements in both programs
       2. Dual credit courses must be completed with a B or better
       3. Dual credit courses must be taken for graduate credit

BA/MCJ students are permitted to complete the following for dual credit:

       Two of the following required core MCJ courses (6 credits): CJ 5000 Law and
       Social Control, CJ 5100 Administration of Criminal Justice, CJ 5120 Nature and
       Causes of Crime, CJ 5321 Research and Causes of Crime
       Two faculty approved MCJ elective classes (6 credits): MCJ courses must be
       approved by a student’s faculty advisor
       Criminal Justice Internship/Field Study (3 credits): CJ 6910




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II.        BA/MCJ Admissions

Eligibility Requirements

Both current UCD students and new transfer students are eligible to apply after meeting
the following:

      1. Currently enrolled in the School of Public Affairs as a Criminal Justice major
      2. Completed the University of Colorado Denver’s core curriculum
      3. Completed 60 semester credit hours
      4. Completed the following 12 semester credit hours in criminal justice: CJ 1001
         Introduction to Criminal Justice, CJ 2041 Crime Theory and Causes, CJ 3100 CJ
         Research Methods, and CJ 3150 Stats for Criminal Justice (transfer criminal
         justice courses must have been approved and accepted toward the major).
      5. Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
      6. Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA in criminal justice courses
      7. Completed official GRE or LSAT exam

Application Process

Students can apply for the joint program anytime from their second year forward, but
students will most likely apply during the second semester of their junior year. We
require students submit all application materials by Oct. 15 for admission to the spring
semester and by March 15 for admission to the fall semester for full consideration.
The following steps should help in the application process:

      1. Plan ahead when scheduling courses through the junior year. All four of the
         required criminal justice courses and all of the student's core education
         requirements must be completed by the end of the student's junior year.

      2. At the beginning of the semester in which the student is applying to the program,
         the student should approach a criminal justice faculty member about writing a
         letter of recommendation. The student should also begin working on a personal
         statement of purpose. The following guidelines should help with writing the
         statement.

             a. Length-2 to 4 pages

             b. The statement should describe:

                    i.   Applicant's reasons for undertaking graduate study in criminal
                         justice

                  ii.    Applicant's future career plans

                  iii.   Planned area of concentration within criminal justice


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   3. By Oct 15th of the fall semester or March 15th of the spring semester the student
      must submit the following items to the Undergraduate Coordinator:

            a. Personal statement of purpose

            b. One letter of recommendation from a faculty member

            c. School of Public Affairs’ BA/MCJ application form

            d. Official GRE or LSAT scores

Requirements once admitted into the Combined BA/MCJ program

Students admitted into BA/MCJ program are required to complete 15 graduate credit
hours (including internship) for the combined degree before graduating with the BACJ.
Six of the 15 credits in criminal justice must be from MCJ required core courses. Six
graduate credits are based on the student’s interests and faculty advisement. Three
graduate credits are earned through internship/field study. Students will need to seek
faculty advisement for elective course approval. See a listing of graduate courses at
http://spa.cudenver.edu.


Acceptance into the combined BA/MCJ program does not mean automatic
admittance into the Master's program upon graduating with the BACJ degree.

The student must still take the GRE, or equivalent test, and submit an admission
application, and adhere to the policies and procedures for admission to the
Graduate School at UCD.

Admission Criteria

Admission to the BA/MCJ program is competitive. Applicants will be evaluated 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
          Reference Letter
       5. Official GRE or LSAT scores

Students who are not admitted to the BA/MCJ program are eligible to reapply after
completing an additional 12 semester credit hours. Students can apply and be considered
for admission to the dual BA/MCJ program a maximum of two times.




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III.    BA/MCJ Matriculation

Students must successfully complete (B, or better) a minimum of 6 semester credit hours
of graduate criminal justice course work each academic year following admission to the
BA/MCJ program. A maximum of 15 graduate semester credits can be completed as a
BA/MCJ student, for dual credit.

Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average for all course
work and a 3.0 grade point average for courses in criminal justice.

The School of Public Affairs reserves the right to rescind a BA/MCJ student’s
admittance to the dual program if at any point the students’ grade point average
falls below the requirements lists above.

IV.     Tuition and Fees

        Students will be assessed tuition and fees at the undergraduate rate until the
        Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree is conferred.

        Students will assess tuition and fees at the graduate level upon formal acceptance
        to the Master of Criminal Justice program.

V.      Comprehensive Program Requirements

The following is a comprehensive degree program for the Bachelor’s of Arts and Master
of Criminal Justice program requirements. Students interested in pursuing the dual
degree program need to review the requirements and address any questions with the
Criminal Justice Program Director or their Criminal Justice Undergraduate Academic
Advisor.

                                University of Colorado Denver
                                   School of Public Affairs

                                     BA/MCJ Curriculum

General B.A. in Criminal Justice and Master in Criminal Justice Degree Requirements
   144 total semester credit hours passed
   34-36 semester credit hours in UCDHSC general education core curriculum
   46-48 semester credit hours in general electives
   Minimum 45 semester hours of upper-division course work (3000 and above)
   Full acceptance to the Graduate School and the Master in Criminal Justice program
   Minimum 36 semester hours of graduate level course work (5000 and above)
   Minimum of 30 hours of resident credit; 21 out of the last 30 hours in resident course work
   Minimum 3.0 CU cumulative grade point average in undergraduate criminal justice courses
   Minimum of 3.0 CU cumulative grade point average in all graduate level courses


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    Fulfillment of all college and major requirements




                         CORE CURRICULUM: 34-36 CREDIT HOURS

English & Math: 9-10 credit hours
One course from each of the following sections below. Each course earns 3 credit hours.
Section I.
  COURSE #        TITLE                        TRANSFER CREDIT          CREDITS         SM/YR
ENGL 1020         Core Composition I                                    3
Subtotal Credits:                                         Subtotal Upper Level Credits:

Section II.
   COURSE #         TITLE                      TRANSFER CREDIT        CREDITS      SM/YR
ENGL 2030           Core Composition II                               3
Subtotal Credits:                                     Subtotal Upper Level Credits:
*Alternative course(s) may be approved by advisement.

Section III.
  COURSE #          TITLE                       TRANSFER CREDIT           CREDITS       SM/YR
MATH1009            Computer-based                                        3
                    Algebraic Problem
                    Solving
MATH 1010           Math for Liberal Arts                                3
MATH 1070           Alg for Social Sci & Bus                             3
MATH 1080           Polynomial Calc                                      3
MATH 1110           College Algebra                                      3
MATH 1120           College Trig                                         3
MATH 1130           Pre-Calculus                                         4
MATH 1401           Calculus I                                           4
MATH 2411           Calculus II                                          4
MATH 2421           Calculus III                                         4
MATH 2830           Intro to Statistics                                  3
Subtotal Credits:                                        Subtotal Upper Level Credits:

Natural and Physical Sciences, Math: 7-8 credit hours
Two lower division courses:
1. One lower level biological or physical science
2. One lower level Science or Math course with or without a lab from the approved core list below
(excluding the Math used to satisfy the Math requirement listed in Section III above)
   COURSE #         TITLE                         TRANSFER CREDIT           CREDITS      SM/YR
ANTH 1303           Intro to Bio Anthropology                               4
BIOL 1550           Basic Biology I                                         4
BIOL 1560           Basic Biology II                                        4
BIOL 2051/2071 General Biology w/lab                                        4
BIOL 2061/2081 General Biology w/lab                                        4
CHEM 1474           Chemistry for consumer                                  4
ENVS 1042           Intro to Environ Science                                4
GEOL 1072           Physical Geology I:                                     4
                    Surface Processes
GEOL 1082           Physical Geology II:                                    4



                                                                                                7
                    Internal Processes
GEOG 1202           Intro to Physical Geog                            3
                    (no lab)
PHYS 1000           Introduction to Physics                           4
PHYS 1100           Foundations of Physics                            3
PHYS 1052           General Astronomy I                               4
PHYS                College Physics I w/lab                           5
2010/2030
PHYS                College Physics II w/lab                          5
2020/2040
PSY 2220            Biol Basis of Behavior (no                        3
                    lab)
MATH 1010           Math for Liberal Arts                              3
MATH 1070           Alg for Soc Sci & Bus                              3
MATH 1080           Polynomial Calculus                                3
MATH 1110           College Algebra                                    3
MATH 1120           College Trigonometry                               3
MATH 1130           Pre-calc Mathematics                               4
MATH 1401           Calculus I                                         4
MATH 2411           Calculus II                                        4
MATH 2421           Calculus III                                       4
MATH 2830           Intro to Statistics                                3
Subtotal Credits:                                      Subtotal Upper Level Credits:

Behavioral Sciences: 3 credit hours
  COURSE #       TITLE                           TRANSFER CREDIT      CREDITS      SM/YR
ANTH 1302        Intro to Archaeology                                 4
ANTH 2102        Cltre & the Human Exper                              3
CMMU 1011        Fund of Comm                                         3
CMMU 1021        Fund of Mass Comm                                    3
PSY 1000         Introduction to Psych I                              3
PSY 1005         Introduction to Psych II                             3

Social Sciences: 6 credit hours required courses
   COURSE #        TITLE                      TRANSFER CREDIT       CREDITS      SM/YR
ECON 2012          Principles of Macro Econ                         3
ECON 2022          Principles of Micro Econ                         3
ENVS 1342          Intro to Environ & Society                       3
ETST 2000          Intro to Ethnic Studies                          3
GEOG 1102          Wrld Regional Geog                               3
GEOG 1602          Intro to Urban Studies                           3
GEOG 2202          Natural Hazards                                  3
HBSC 2001          Intro to Community &                             3
                   Population Health
                   Sciences
P SC 1001          Intro to Political Science                       3
P SC 1101          Amer Political System                            3
SOC 1001*          Intro to Sociology                               3
SOC 2462           Intro to Social Psych                            3
Subtotal Credits:                                   Subtotal Upper Level Credits:
*Required Campus Core Courses for BACJ students

Arts: 3 credit hours
3 credit hours from the following core courses



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   COURSE #          TITLE                         TRANSFER CREDIT       CREDITS      SM/YR
ARTS 1000            Arts in Our Time                                    3
F A 1001             Introduction to Art                                 3
PMUS 1001            Music Appreciation                                  3
THTR 1001            Introduction to Theatre                             3
Subtotal Credits:                                        Subtotal Upper Level Credits:

Humanities: 3 credit hours
   COURSE #       TITLE                            TRANSFER CREDIT      CREDITS      SM/YR
CNST 1000         China and the Chinese                                 3
ENGL 1601         Tell Tales: Narrative Art                             3
                  in Lit & Film
ENGL 2600         Works in Brit & Ameri Lit                             3
FR 1000           Intro to Cultures of                                  3
                  French-Speaking Wrld
GER 1000          Germany & the Germans                                 3
ETST 2155         African American History                              3
HIST 1361         US History to 1876                                    3
HIST 1362         US History since 1876                                 3
HIST 1381         Paths to the Present I                                3
HIST 1382         Paths to the Present II                               3
PHIL 1012         Intro Philosophy                                      3
PHIL 1020         Intro Ethics & Society                                3
PHIL 2441         Logic and Language                                    3
RLST 1610         Intro to Religious Studies
RLST 2660         World Religions                                       3
RUSS 1000         Russia & the Russians                                 3
RUSS 2000         Masterpieces Russ Cltr                                3
SPAN 1000         Intro. To Cultures Span                               3
                  Speaking World
Subtotal Credits:                                        Subtotal Upper Level Credits:

Cultural Diversity: 3 credit hours
   COURSE #         TITLE                          TRANSFER CREDIT      CREDITS      SM/YR
ANTH 3142           Cultural Diversity in the                           3
                    Modern World
ANTH 4200           Gender in Cross-Cult                                3
                    Perspective
CMMU 3271           Comm & Diversity                                    3
ECON 3100           Econ of Race & Gender                               3
ENGL 3795           Race and Ethnicity in                               3
                    American Lit
ENGR 3400           Technology & Culture                                3
ETST 3704           Culture, Racism, and                                3
                    Alienation
ETST 3794           Ethn Diversty in Amer Lit                           3
F A 3110            Imaging and Identity                                3
F R 3200            Francophone World in                                3
                    Post-Colonial Era
HIST 3345           Immigration & Ethnicity in                          3
                    Amer Hist
                                              th
HIST 3349           Social Movements in 20                              3
                    Century America
MGMT 4100           Managing Cultural Diver                             3



                                                                                              9
PHIL 3500           Ideology & Cult: Racism                               3
                    & Sexism
PMUS 3110           Soc & Pol Implctns of                                 3
                    Amer Music
P SC 3034           Race, Gender, Law &                                   3
                    Pub Policy
P SC 3035           Pol Movements: Race &                                 3
                    Gender
PSY 4485            Psych Cultural Diversity                             3
RLST 4000           Religion & Cultural Diver                            3
SOC 3020            Race & Ethnicity in U.S                              3
THTR 3611           Drama of Diversity                                   3
Subtotal Credits:                                        Subtotal Upper Level Credits:

International Perspectives: 3 credit hours
3 credit hours from the following core courses
   COURSE #          TITLE                       TRANSFER CREDIT          CREDITS       SM/YR
ENGL 3798            International                                        3
                     Perspectives in Lit and
                     Film
ENGR 3600            International Dimensions                             3
                     of Tech and Culture
F R 3200             Francophone World in                                 3
                     Post-Colonial Era
GER 3200             German Society and                                   3
                     Culture
HIST 3121            The World at War, 1914-                              3
                     1945
HIST 4032            Globalization in World                               3
                     History Since 1945
INTB 3000            Global Perspectives                                  3

P SC 3022           Intro to Comparative                                  3
                    Politics
P SC 3042           Intro to International                                3
                    Relations
Subtotal Credits:                                        Subtotal Upper Level Credits:

GENERAL ELECTIVE CREDITS: 46- 49 CREDIT HOURS
Students are encouraged to seek advisement on how to best utilize ancillary and elective credits.
The credits are used to meet the 120 total credits required by the degree. Courses can be used
to complete an internship, a CLAS or language minor, study abroad, etc…
                    TITLE                        TRANSFER CREDIT           CREDITS      SM/YR
   COURSE #




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Subtotal Credits:                                       Subtotal Upper Level Credits:


BA/MCJ REQUIREMENTS: 36 CREDIT HOURS
   21 semester credit hours in required undergraduate criminal justice courses
   Sociology 1001- Intro Sociology (also fulfills core social science requirement)
   18 upper level (3000 or higher) semester credit hours in criminal justice
   Completion of a 3 credit hour undergraduate internship unless officially waived from prior
   experience
   Full acceptance to the Graduate School and the Master in Criminal Justice program
   36 graduate level (5000 or higher) semester credit hours in criminal justice
   Minimum of a C (2.0) in each undergraduate and graduate course used to satisfy major
   requirements.
   Minimum of a B (3.0) in each required core MCJ course
   Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in all undergraduate criminal justice
   courses
   Minimum of 3.0 cumulative grade point average in all graduate level criminal justice courses
   Successful completion of Master of Criminal Justice Capstone/Advanced Seminar or Thesis.

Required Undergraduate Courses: 21 credit hours
  COURSE #        TITLE                      TRANSFER CREDIT       CREDITS      SM/YR
CJ 1001           Intro: Criminal Justice                          3
CJ 2041           Crime Theory & Causes                            3
CJ 3100           CJ Research Methods                              3
CJ 3150           Stats for Criminal Justice                       3
CJ 4042           Corrections                                      3
CJ 4043           Law Enforcement                                  3
CJ 4044           Courts & Judicial                                3
                  Process
Subtotal Credits:                                  Subtotal Upper Level Credits:

Criminal Justice Internship* and or Graduate Elective: 3 credit hours
*Internship is REQUIRED for students without prior experience in criminal justice.
   COURSE #        TITLE                    TRANSFER CREDIT           CREDITS      SM/YR
CJ 6910            Internship/Field Study                             3
CJ 5XXX            Elective                                           3

Required Graduate Courses: 6 credit hours
*Students must be accepted to the dual degree program before registering for graduate
level courses.
   COURSE #      TITLE                      TRANSFER CREDIT        CREDITS       SM/YR
CJ 5000          Law and Social Control                            3
CJ 5100          Administration of Criminal                        3
                 Justice
CJ 5120          Nature and Causes of                              3
                 Crime
CJ 5321          Research and Causes of                            3



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                 Crime
Total Credits:                                     Total Graduate/Upper Level Credits:

Elective Graduate Courses: 6 credit hours
*Student must seek faculty advisement in determining graduate elective courses.
   COURSE #       TITLE                    TRANSFER CREDIT          CREDITS     SM/YR
CJ 5XXX           Approved Graduate                                 3
                  Elective
CJ 5XXX           Approved Graduate                                 3
                  Elective
Total Credits:                                     Total Graduate/Upper Level Credits:


       AT THIS POINT STUDENTS ARE AWARDED THE BACJ DEGREE

 STUDENTS MUST BE FORMALLY ADMITTED TO THE MCJ PROGRAM TO
  CONTINUE WORKING TOWARD COMPLETION OF THE MCJ DEGREE




Master in Criminal Justice Required Core Courses: 6 credit hours
(Must exclude the 2 graduate level courses used as dual degree credit)
  COURSE #        TITLE                      TRANSFER CREDIT        CREDITS    SM/YR
CJ 5120           Nature and Causes of                              3
                  Crime
CJ 5321           Research Methods                                  3
CJ 5000           Law and Social Control                            3
CJ 5100           Administration of Criminal                        3
                  Justice

MCJ Electives: 12 credit hours
(Must exclude the 2 graduate level courses used as dual degree credit)
  COURSE #        TITLE                     TRANSFER CREDIT         CREDITS    SM/YR
                  Approved Elective                                 3
                  Approved Elective                                 3
                  Approved Elective                                 3
                  Approved Elective                                 3

MCJ Thesis or Capstone/Advanced Seminar: 3-6 credit hours
  COURSE #      TITLE                   TRANSFER CREDIT           CREDITS      SM/YR
CJ 5561         Capstone/Advanced                                 3
                Seminar
                Thesis                                            3-6

APPROVED:

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FACULTY ADVISOR                  DATE              MCJ DIRECTOR        DATE




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