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Masters in Criminal Justice

The Master of Science degree program in Criminal Justice is designed to build a student’s individual, agency, and community capacity to understand, prevent, intervene, and respond innovatively and effectively to juvenile delinquency and crime, using evidence-based practices and policies, in ways that ensure justice.

Our program is designed to provide students from around the world the following opportunities:

  • An innovative curriculum that provides theoretical knowledge and skills necessary to become effective leaders in criminal and/or juvenile justice systems. 
  • Emphasis on Juvenile Justices that ensures you will be prepared to serve as leaders of reform within our juvenile justice system and/or work collaboratively toward prevention, intervention and rehabilitation of juvenile offenders.
  • Skills to facilitate program development, implementation and assessment.
  • Engaged learning.
  • Collaboration with faculty and other stakeholders in the criminal and/or juvenile justice fields on academic and applied research projects in the community.
  • Intensive study that prepares you for a wide range of administrative, management and leadership positions within public, private and non-profit criminal and/or juvenile justice agencies.
  • Preparation for instructor level teaching positions.
  • Preparation for doctoral studies.

The M.S. in Criminal Justice provides both a thesis track (33 hours) and non-thesis track (36 hours).

In addition to the minimum admission expectations established by the Graduate School, the Criminal Justice program expects the following prerequisites:

Successful completion of an undergraduate research methods course within a social science discipline.  If not, you will be required to complete CJUS 301 during your first semester of graduate study.  This course will not count toward your graduate degree.

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For application deadlines, application materials, and GRE score expectations, visit the Graduate School's application information page.

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Additional Application Materials

In addition to the general Graduate School Application Materials, you must also submit:

  • Personal statement describing the reasons why you wish to pursue graduate study in criminal justice and/or juvenile justice (no more than 750 words)
  • Official GRE Scores (waived for UL graduates with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher)


Graduate Coordinator

Meng Ru (Lily) Shih, Ph.D.
Phone: 337-482-6540
Rougeou 340

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