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Loyola University New Orleans City College announces new Master of Criminal Justice degree

Loyola press release - August 17, 2000

(New Orleans)—City College of Loyola University New Orleans announces a new executive master’s degree program in criminal justice (MCJ) with classes beginning January 2001. The degree program uses an executive format, designed to fit the needs of working professionals in the field and can be completed in 15 months.

Courses are offered during two summer sessions and two semester terms. Regular semester courses are offered in an intensive weekend format on Friday nights and Saturdays (nine weekends during a semester). Summer courses are taught in intensive one-week formats.

Students will receive theoretical and practical training along with applied studies in areas such as organizational management, budgeting and resource allocation, geographical

information analysis (GIS), public relations, human resource management and computer information systems. Tuition will be at a reduced rate for graduate programs.

Support for advanced degrees is strong from the professional criminal justice community. Ronal Serpas, Ph.D., New Orleans Police Department major and assistant professor on the MCJ faculty said recently, "The New Orleans Police Foundation is very supportive. They are trying to secure additional funding from other private foundations to help to underwrite portions of the tuition for law enforcement personnel."

Serpas continued, "Advanced degrees only enhance a police officer’s record when pursuing promotions. And the community obviously benefits from these more highly-trained officers." The New Orleans Police Department will also fund three scholarships for their employees.

Building on a sixty-year history of significant contributions to the professionalization of criminal justice personnel in the New Orleans metropolitan area, the state and the nation, this new program will enhance the education of executives in the fields of criminal justice and corporate security. The undergraduate criminal justice degree was established in 1960.

City College is the evening liberal arts college at Loyola University New Orleans, with the special mission of providing higher education opportunities for working adults on campus and through distance learning. City College is distinguished by the teaching and scholarly research of its full time faculty and by the achievements of its graduates. For more information about the MCJ, contact the Department of Criminal Justice at (504) 865-3323.