Program Highlights

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)


Program overview

Explore More for Criminal Justice Majors

With small class sizes, affordable tuition rates and applied learning, the online master’s degree in criminal justice at McNeese offers a variety of benefits to make it a first choice for graduate students.

Financial aid and scholarships:

With one of the lowest tuition rates in Louisiana, McNeese also awards some form of support to almost 70% of graduate students, with an average financial aid award of more than $12,000. Learn more about how to apply from the Office of Financial Aid.

Program electives:

Choose from a variety of options for criminal justice electives, including online classes in allied disciplines such as sociology, psychology and criminology, as well as independent research.


With real-world experience, professional credentials and specialized training, program faculty bring a wealth of knowledge and passion to the classroom. Their interests and expertise include law, law and gaming enforcement, civil rights and constitutional law, international human trafficking, human rights, gender and the law, criminology and corrections.

Online community:

Connect and network with other criminal justice majors and professionals in open forums and discussion boards. Interaction with the online community helps enhance critical-thinking and problem-solving abilities.

Excellence with a personal touch:

With small class sizes — typically no more than 17 graduate students — McNeese’s online master’s degree in criminal justice supports the development of a community where faculty can provide personalized attention, from teaching to advising, that will enrich your educational experience.

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Careers and Opportunities

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

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Community Service

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.

Student Support

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.

Career Fair

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.

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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.

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Program Contact

Dr. Gregory Clark - Department Head