The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Criminal Justice degree aims to create highly motivated, well-educated and thoroughly trained professionals ready to respond to the demands of today's criminal justice challenges or pursue their Ph.D. degree in criminology or a related field. Today's criminal justice systems have been called "evidence-based" because policymakers, administrators, and professionals consider whether the effectiveness of programs and policies are supported with empirical quality research in their decisions to implement or continue a program or practice. To be well-educated, students must understand the fundamentals of the research process and be able to discern the practical policies and programs of criminological theories about why crime occurs.
Courses for the M.A. in criminal justice are offered in the late afternoon or evening at Loyola's Water Tower Campus in the heart of downtown Chicago. Both scheduling options and convenient class locations attract many working in the criminal justice field to complete their graduate degree at Loyola University Chicago. All graduates who have sought admission to Ph.D. programs or law schools have been successful, which further supports the reputation and quality of our M.A. program.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
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