Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and Criminology


820 N. Michigan Ave

Lewis Towers Suite 1200

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and Criminology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Arts (MA) degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology provides students with a cutting edge education that will prepare them to assume leadership roles in criminal justice and related agencies as well as to pursue more advanced educational opportunities.

The master's degree requires 30 hours of coursework, consisting of five required and five elective courses. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

The five required courses are:

  • CJC 401—Politics and Policy Analysis in the Criminal Justice System
  • CJC 402—Theories of Criminal Behavior
  • CJC 403—Program Evaluation and Research Methods
  • CJC 404—Applied Data Analysis and Interpretation (3 credit course)
  • CJC 405—Professional Ethics

Students also take five elective courses and have the flexibility, in consultation with the Graduate Program Director, to select among those offered within the Department as well as from other programs such as social work, psychology, women's studies, public policy, or sociology.

The program offers students two tracks: a thesis-only and a non-thesis option. The former is available to students who attain at least an A- in Program Evaluation and Research Methods and receive approval from the graduate committee. Students in the non-thesis option must pass a comprehensive take-home examination that assesses competency in integrating knowledge across courses.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Eligibility Requirements:

Test Requirements: GRE general test is required in GPA is 3.3 or lower. Loyola's school code is 1412 English Language Testing Requirements: TOEFL: 550 paper, 79 IBT. IELTS: 6.5 Special Application Instructions: Students should submit a two-page statement of purpose describing their career goals, research interests, and academic and practical experience that demonstrates the intellectual abilities needed to complete a M.A. degree. Students must also submit a writing sample in addition to the other supporting materials noted in the Step-by-Step Application Process Guidelines. Prerequisite Requirements: Students must have taken a research methods or statistics course in any social science field as part of their undergraduate coursework. Bachelor's degree in criminal justice is not required, but admitted students with little or no background in criminal justice may be required to complete additional coursework.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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