Loyola’s Master of Criminology & Justice was ranked 14th Best Criminology Master’s in the nation by College Choice.

As a leader in the criminal justice field, you can turn your passion for social justice into a career – actively working towards making the world a safer, more just place. To achieve a high-level position in the field and make the biggest impact, you will likely need an advanced degree. Responding to this need for professionally-trained criminal justice administrators, planners, and researchers, Loyola University New Orleans offers a 100% online Master of Criminology & Justice.

The online Master of Criminology & Justice degree is a convenient one-year program, designed to serve students directly from completion of their undergraduate studies or those returning to study after beginning their careers. In addition to a variety of specialty criminal justice administration and criminology courses, graduate students learn advanced research methodology and data analysis skills.

Program Requirements

Loyola’s online criminal justice master’s program consists of 30 credit hours taken in graduate-level department courses.

Courses include:

  • Theories of Criminal Behavior
  • Research and Statistical Methods
  • Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation

For a full list of courses and course descriptions, visit the curriculum page. You can also download the degree program course listing (DPCL) to view program requirements in a helpful worksheet format.

About the College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences serves as the anchor of the Loyola academic experience and provides all students with a foundation in knowledge through teaching and scholarship within and across the liberal arts and sciences.

Providing a holistic education rooted in Jesuit tradition, the College prepares students to lead meaningful lives with and for others; to appreciate and contribute to global cultures; to think critically and make decisions for the common good; and to have a commitment to the Ignatian belief of a life of justice and service to others.

Department of Criminology Mission Statement

The Department of Criminology and Justice has a long-standing commitment to improving the quality of justice through education, research, and public service. The faculty of the Department of Criminology and Justice recognizes its mission as threefold.

  1. Offering its majors a state-of-the-art education in criminology and justice by providing them with a comprehensive and critical understanding of the criminal justice system and the society in which it functions.
  2. Addressing the special needs of adult learners and to preparing students to move into criminal justice careers or postgraduate work as liberally educated, intellectually mature, ethically aware, and culturally sensitive citizens.
  3. Fostering a lifelong commitment to thinking critically and acting justly.

In order to accomplish its mission, the Department of Criminology and Justice pledges:

  • To provide a state-of-the-art curriculum and educational environment
  • To foster the talent development of students, faculty, and staff
  • To promote each student’s capacity for self-directed, lifelong learning
  • To honor the Ignatian tradition of educating the whole person by developing both cognitive and humane skills
  • To inspire a sense of pride in being an alumnus or alumna of the Criminology and Justice Department at Loyola University New Orleans