Criminal Justice

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

24 months
1651 USD/credit
1651 USD/credit
1631 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Master of Science degree program in Criminal Justice is designed to build a student’s individual, agency, and community capacity to understand, prevent, intervene, and respond innovatively and effectively to juvenile delinquency and crime, using evidence-based practices and policies, in ways that ensure justice.


Our program is designed to provide students from around the world the following opportunities:

  • An innovative curriculum that provides theoretical knowledge and skills necessary to become effective leaders in criminal and/or juvenile justice systems. 
  • Emphasis on Juvenile Justices that ensures you will be prepared to serve as leaders of reform within our juvenile justice system and/or work collaboratively toward prevention, intervention and rehabilitation of juvenile offenders.
  • Skills to facilitate program development, implementation and assessment.
  • Engaged learning.
  • Collaboration with faculty and other stakeholders in the criminal and/or juvenile justice fields on academic and applied research projects in the community.
  • Intensive study that prepares you for a wide range of administrative, management and leadership positions within public, private and non-profit criminal and/or juvenile justice agencies.
  • Preparation for instructor level teaching positions.
  • Preparation for doctoral studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Special Topics in Criminal Justice
  • Seminar in Juvenile Prevention, Intervention and Rehabilitative Programs
  • Seminar in Juvenile Justice
  • Survey of theories and models of juvenile justice, significant empirical studies, contemporary issues and challenges within the juvenile justice system and juvenile justice processing.
  • Seminar in Collaborative Models for Change in Juvenile Justice
  • Seminar in Criminal Justice Administration and Operations
  • Seminar in Theories of Crime and Delinquency
  • Inequality, Crime and Justice
  • Research Methods
  • Program Assessment/Evaluation Research
  • Directed Individual Studies
  • Thesis Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

To be eligible for graduate study at UL Lafayette, you must:

  • have (or soon have) a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a regionally accredited university.
  • demonstrate English language proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) if you are an international applicant
  • provide additional application materials (including GRE/GMAT) depending on the degree program to which you're applying

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1651 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1651 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1651 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1651 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    1631 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1631 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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