American Laws and Justice

Master of Science
American Law and Justice


The Master of Science in American Laws and Justice (MSALJ) degree program prepares professionals for careers in the justice system, businesses, government agencies, and NGOs. Students can complete one of two tracks: civil justice or criminal justice by completing 9 credits in that area.

CU’s program is multidisciplinary, combining elements of advanced study in various civil and criminal justice disciplines with other cognate areas such as leadership, business, and technology.



Project/Thesis Requirement: 3 or 6 credits.

Each student must complete a substantial individual project.

There are two different ways to satisfy this requirement.

  1.  Completion of a Master’s Thesis.
    1. Student must find a thesis advisor – (preferably the second semester into the program)
    2. Student must prepare thesis proposal and obtain written approval for the thesis prior to course registration.
  2. Completion of an internship in an approved professional setting.
    1. Student must identify and seek approval for a professional workplace to complete the internship.
    2. Student and employer must complete internship documentation.
2 Year Program
Available Residentially
Available Online


  • Apply theoretical and practical legal and justice system knowledge to better understand factors that are reshaping and redefining the administration of justice.
  • Utilize legal research, advocacy, and communication methods and practices to communicate to a variety of stakeholders.
  • Apply leadership characteristics and management practices within intercultural workplaces.
  • Integrate course-specific skills and knowledge while being able to identify ethical dilemmas and resolve those dilemmas.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of state-of-the-art technological tools to enhance justice processes and deliver superior outcomes.

Admissions Requirements

  • The maximum time limit to complete the program is four years or 150% of the credits, whichever the student reaches first.
  • A minimum of 24 credit hours must be completed at CU.
  • Up to 50% of the required credit hours can be transferred.
  • Graduation is contingent upon the completion of 48 hours of prescribed courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.