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Criminal Justice, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #788 (BCR) , LA,
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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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

        1864 USD/credit
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 1864 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
      • National

        1572 USD/credit
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 1572 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
      • In-State

        1572 USD/credit
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 1572 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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      Living costs for Lafayette

      • 925 - 1320 USD/month
        Living Costs

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