The Department of Criminal Justice offers two graduate programs:
These are the requirements for admission to our on-campus graduate program. For the online graduate program, click here.
WHERE DO I SEND MY APPLICATION?
Mail ALL application materials for the Master of Criminal Justice Program to:
Department of Criminal Justice
Attention: Dr. Rae Taylor, Graduate Coordinator
Loyola University New Orleans
Stalling Hall, Box 55
6363 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70118
Admission into the MSCJA online program is competitive. Students are admitted into the MSCJA program based on a review of all materials provided to the MSCJA faculty during the application process. Students may be admitted unconditionally or provisionally.
As a condition of the application process, all applicants must provide the following:
In addition to meeting the above requirements, all international applicants
Note 1: Materials submitted in support of an application are not released for other purposes and cannot be returned to the applicant.
Note 2: All application documentation listed on this page must be received by the Department of Criminal Justice before a formal interview can be scheduled and a candidate's possible acceptance into the program can be considered.
The Department of Criminal Justice Admission Committee reviews all applications and makes admissions decisions. Applicants are notified of the decision by letter. Two types of admission can be recommended:
Students who have earned graduate academic credit at an accredited university or college may be allowed to transfer a maximum of six credit hours. In all cases, coursework will be evaluated for equivalence to MCJ or MSCJA program requirements; therefore, students must provide course syllabi and other supporting materials to assist faculty in the evaluation process.
Read the Transfer of Academic Credit policy for more information.
In order to remain in good standing and progress through the MCJ or MSCJA program, a student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. A student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. A student on academic probation has one semester (fall, spring, or summer semester) to remove the academic deficiency. If the deficiency is not removed in the allotted time, the student may not be eligible to continue in the MCJ program. The final decision to allow a probationary student to remain in the program will be made by the department chairperson.
The MCJ or MSCJA program is a cohort model meaning the student moves through the curriculum taking a prescribed set of courses each semester. If, for some reason, the student cannot adhere to the set schedule, graduation in the 16-month period may not be possible. The department will make every effort to accommodate the student by modifying his/her progression plan.
Students are required to complete the MCJ or MSCJA program within 5 years of enrolling in coursework.
By submitting the application to graduate, students are also declaring their candidacy in the Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) or Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration (MSCJA) program. As part of the requirements for graduation, they are required to pass the comprehensive examination for the program. Students will not be allowed to sit for or complete the comprehensive exam until they have received satisfactory grades in all of their previous coursework.
MCJ students must apply for candidacy after completion of 18 credit hours with an overall 3.0 average in the program.
Criminal Justice Graduate Courses (on-campus): The Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) is a 30-credit-hour program. This program is designed to be flexible both with regard to course delivery as well as completion time.
Criminal Justice Graduate Courses (online): The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration (MSCJA) is a 36-credit-hour program designed for working professionals.