Justice administration is also commonly called criminal justice or administration of justice. With roughly 30 schools to choose from across the state, students can earn degrees in criminal justice at the associate's through master's degree levels. Depending on the school and program, an internship opportunity may be included in the curriculum. Select programs include courses that may be completed online.
Below are brief overviews of 10 of the largest schools in Louisiana offering justice administration programs as well as a comparison table providing a quick look at tuition and program options.
Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC)
Baton Rouge Community College offers an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice program, which prepares students for careers in the criminal justice system as well as transfer to 4-year programs. The 60-credit curriculum includes courses in the court system, criminal law, corrections, police practices and race relations. An internship is integrated into the program. Electives include constitutional law, juvenile delinquency, criminal behavior and crime scene investigation.
Louisiana State University - Alexandria (LSU - Alexandria)
Graduates from the bachelor's degree program in criminal justice at LSU - Alexandria can pursue careers in areas that include corrections, law enforcement, forensics and juvenile justice. Students can learn about police agencies, juvenile delinquency, criminology, forensic science, criminal investigations and criminal law, among other topics. Eligible criminal justice students can apply for an optional internship with a local, state or federal agency. Students also can participate in the Criminal Justice Association, a student organization that fosters professional development and engages students in community service.
Louisiana State University - Eunice (LSU - Eunice)
LSU - Eunice is a 2-year school, offering certificate and associate's degree programs. The associate's degree program in criminal justice prepares graduates for career entry as well as transfer to a 4-year institution. Core courses cover the criminal justice system, criminal law, psychology and corrections. As part of the Center for Adult Learners in Louisiana (CALL) initiative, LSU - Eunice allows students to take many of their general education and major courses online. Career services are available to assist students with their job searches.
Louisiana State University - Shreveport (LSU - Shreveport)
LSU - Shreveport offers bachelor's, master's and post-master's certificate programs. The Department of History and Social Sciences offers a bachelor's degree program in criminal justice with generalist and forensic science tracks. Topics covered can include determination of guilt or innocence, rehabilitation, apprehension of criminals, causes of crime and crime prevention. These programs can prepare graduates for careers in law enforcement, computer forensics or homeland security, among other options.
McNeese State University
Located in Lake Charles, McNeese State University offers certificate, associate's degree, bachelor's degree and master's degree programs. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Criminal Justice program offered through the Department of Social Sciences includes courses in criminology, American government, criminal law, criminal justice administration and American history. Students must complete a portfolio project during senior year. The program provides a strong foundation in the liberal arts as well. Graduates from this program go on to law school, graduate programs in fields like criminology or criminal justice careers at the local, state and federal levels.
Northwestern State University of Louisiana (NSU)
The Department of Criminal Justice, History and Social Sciences at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in Natchitoches offers a bachelor's degree program in criminal justice. Students take courses in sociology, political science, psychology and a foreign language to complement studies in criminal justice. Criminal justice courses cover the police process, corrections, criminalistics, criminology, juvenile delinquency, criminal investigation, homeland security and criminal law.
The department offers related programs leading to a B.S. in Unified Public Safety with a concentration in law enforcement administration, a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in public safety administration, a Master of Science in Homeland Security and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Adult Education with a concentration in homeland security. The law enforcement administration concentration in the bachelor's degree program in public safety includes coursework in criminal justice, criminal investigation, juvenile delinquency and homeland security. The curriculum of the bachelor's degree program in public safety administration also includes these courses, as well as coursework in administration and public policy.
With thesis and non-thesis options, the master's degree program in homeland security focuses on the criminal-justice topics of terrorism, international security, cyberterrorism and management. This program includes a homeland security learning project, internship or teaching experience. Adult education graduate students take several courses in homeland security, including prevention of domestic terrorism, cyberterrorism and global security.
Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO)
The historically black Southern University System has three main campuses in Louisiana, including one in New Orleans. The College of Arts and Sciences at SUNO offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in criminal justice. The B.S. program prepares graduates for criminal justice careers by focusing on critical thinking, communication skills, data analysis, computer skills and research methods. Core curriculum areas include juvenile justice, criminology and corrections. Graduate students in the 36-credit M.A. program can choose a concentration in law enforcement, juvenile justice or corrections. Thesis and non-thesis options are available.
Southern University at Shreveport (SUSLA)
Southern University at Shreveport is a 2-year public school and part of the historically black Southern University System. Through its Behavioral Sciences and Education Division, the campus offers an associate's degree program in criminal justice administration. Combining theory and practice, the curriculum addresses criminology, criminal law, juvenile delinquency and the judicial process. Completion of a practicum is required.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL - Lafayette)
The College of Liberal Arts at UL - Lafayette offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Students in the bachelor's degree program in criminal justice can expect courses in ethics, police work, statistics, corrections and research methods. An internship is required, and students can fulfill this requirement through an agency like the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole or the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Department.
The master's degree program in criminal justice is designed for students who wish to move into administrative positions or qualify for positions in agencies that require a graduate degree. Students can pursue a thesis or non-thesis track. Undergraduate and graduate students can consider joining the Criminal Justice Society, which provides networking opportunities and guest speakers from the criminal justice professional community.
University of Louisiana at Monroe (UL - Monroe)
UL - Monroe offers associate's through doctoral degree programs. The Department of Criminal Justice in the College of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in criminal justice. Most graduates from the bachelor's degree program find employment in law enforcement. This program has the most students of the two and includes required courses in sociology and political science in addition to the criminal justice core. Master's degree students can pursue a thesis or non-thesis option, with the latter option requiring more coursework. Students can expect advanced courses in the juvenile justice system, sociology and organized crime, among other subjects.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Justice Administration Degree Options||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Baton Rouge Community College||2-year; public; midsize city||Associate of Science in Criminal Justice|| $4,221 in-state
|Louisiana State University - Alexandria||4-year; public; rural fringe||Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice|| $6,669 in-state
|Louisiana State University - Eunice||2-year; public; distant town||Associate of Science in Criminal Justice|| $4,730 in-state
|Louisiana State University - Shreveport||4-year; public; midsize city||Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice|| $7,327 in-state
|McNeese State University||4-year; public; small city||Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice|| $7,860 in-state
|Northwestern State University of Louisiana||4-year; public; remote town|| Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice,
Bachelor of Science in Unified Public Safety Administration (concentration in law enforcement administration),
Master of Science in Homeland Security,
Master of Arts in Adult Education (concentration in homeland security)
| $7,922 in-state
|Southern University at New Orleans||4-year; public; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice,
Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
| $7,033 in-state
|Southern University at Shreveport||2-year; public; midsize city||Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Administration|| $4,350 in-state
|University of Louisiana at Lafayette||4-year; public; midsize city|| Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice,
Master of Science in Criminal Justice
| $9,912 in-state
|University of Louisiana at Monroe||4-year; public; small city|| Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice,
Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
| $8,554 in-state
Sources: *NCES College Navigator