Criminal Justice Master’s Degree Program Highlights
The Master of Science online degree in criminal justice offered through McNeese’s Department of Social Sciences provides advanced studies in a range of fields associated with criminal justice, such as corrections, criminology, ethics and justice administration. Explore course work in forensics, serial killing and other special topics while developing knowledge and skills in court and correctional administration, ethics and theory.
Link conceptual ideas to relevant problems
Criminal justice master’s jobs require research, analytical and critical-thinking skills. The continued need for public safety is leading to increased opportunities for law enforcement supervisors and leadership in public agencies and related fields. Completing the criminal justice master’s program at McNeese may help you earn higher salaries over the course of your career and qualify for promotions or other jobs.
At a Glance
Degree Type: Master of Science (M.S.)
Program Length: 1.5 years (36 credit hours)
What Can You Do With a Criminal Justice Degree?
With a graduate degree, you may qualify for criminal justice master’s jobs such as probation and parole officers, juvenile justice specialists, patrol officers, security analysts, criminologists, police department supervisor, district attorney, crime scene investigator and forensic psychologist.
Graduate Schools or Programs
- Juris Doctorate in Law
- Ph.D. in Criminal Justice
- Ph.D. in Criminology
- Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies
Potential Job Titles or Employers
- Calcasieu Parish Police Jury
- Department of Child and Family Services
- Department of Homeland Security
- Federal Agencies such as the FBI, CIA and DEA
- Federal Bureau of Prisons
- Imperial Calcasieu Human Services Authority
- Louisiana Department of Corrections
- Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice
- Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC)
- Office for Citizens with Developmental Disorders
- Texas Department of Criminal Justice
- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Graduate students in the Corrections courses of McNeese’s master’s in criminal justice program are working on a proposal for “Standard Operating Procedures for Transitional Work Programs” with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections Services. Service-learning projects such as this provide practical experience in real-life settings while making a difference in the community.
As the criminal justice program at McNeese grows, graduate students are benefiting from the support of the local law enforcement community. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has helped with recruitment and the McNeese Police Department has provided grants and other means of support to provide the equipment you’ll need for some of the course work.
Dozens of potential employers come to campus to recruit students with a master’s in criminal justice for jobs, including the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Carlyss Fire Department, City of Sulphur, Department of Children and Family Services, Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home, Office of Juvenile Justice, St. Nicholas Center for Children and University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Programs Related to the Master’s in Criminal Justice
Not sure if the criminal justice master’s program is right for you? Check out these other graduate degree programs at McNeese and talk about your options with a recruiter.
Dr. Gregory Clark - Department Head