Protect the vulnerable. Serve the community.

Preserving the security of our communities and citizens is essential to our collective well-being. This may well explain why protective jobs are predicted to grow 7% by 2026, and why social and community service careers will see an astounding increase of 18% in that period, as projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Now, you can gain the skills needed to enter these expanding fields with the 100% online Associate of Arts in Criminology & Justice program from Loyola University New Orleans. Earn a nationally recognized degree on your own schedule with the same world-class faculty and resources available to on-campus students.

Offering a strong social science research component, this degree encourages students to ask questions about the criminal justice system and analyze major theories of crime, effectively becoming immersed in the field. Students in this in-demand program gain the skills needed to synthesize and apply major criminology and justice topics in modern society, learning how to not only start a successful career in criminal justice, but to work towards making the world a safer, better place.

Loyola’s Bachelor of Criminology & Justice program was recently ranked the 13th Best Criminology Bachelor’s in the Nation by College Choice.

Discover your full potential.

Loyola’s 100% online Associate of Arts in Criminology & Justice program allows you to earn a valuable credential that can immediately improve your career prospects and earning power through positions with high growth potential, including:

  • Corrections Officer
  • Customs and Border Protection Officer
  • Junior Law Enforcement Analyst
  • Law Enforcement Deputy Trainee

After earning the Associate of Arts in Criminology & Justice, if you are interested in pursuing higher-level careers in the field, we encourage you to continue on to Loyola’s nationally recognized online Bachelor of Criminology & Justice program. With a top-ranked bachelor’s in criminology and justice, you’ll be prepared for rewarding careers like:

  • Police Officer
  • Criminal Detective
  • Private Investigator
  • U.S. Marshal
  • Victim Services
  • FBI Agent
  • Forensic Specialist
  • Fraud Investigator
  • Policy Analyst
  • Crime Scene Investigator

Flexible online courses, taught by experts.

Loyola’s online Associate of Arts in Criminology & Justice consists of 60 credit hours taken as follows:

  • 24 hours of Major courses
  • 36 hours of Loyola Core courses

Major courses include:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems
  • Criminology Fundamentals

Download the degree program course listing (DPCL) to view program requirements in a helpful worksheet format. For a full list of courses and course descriptions, click below.

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We know you’re busy, which is why we’ve made applying to Loyola’s online programs as simple as possible. Follow these three steps to start on a path that will transform your career and your life.

Step 1: Talk to us.

Fill out the request form to talk to a dedicated enrollment specialist who will answer any questions you have about the program you’re interested in, how online learning at Loyola works, financial aid, or the application process.

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Step 2: Apply.

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Step 3: Submit your documents.

An enrollment specialist will help you determine exactly which documents you need to submit and will even help you get your transcripts from past institutions!

Visit our admissions page to learn more or feel free to give us a call at (844) 490-6766.