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Loyola University New Orleans Acclaimed Criminology Program Ranked Among Nation’s Top 15 by College Choice

Loyola press release - August 21, 2018

New this fall! Online master’s degree in criminology and justice

Loyola University New Orleans’ criminology program is currently ranked among the best criminology programs in the country! College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources has named Loyola’s criminology degree programs among the Top 15 in the U.S., with the undergraduate program named 13th for “Best Criminology Bachelor’s program” and the master’s program falling in at 14th in the nation for “Best Criminology Master’s program.”

Since 1960, more than 1,000 students have graduated from Loyola with a bachelor’s or bachelor of arts degree in criminology and justice. Many have gone on to pursue advanced degrees and careers as high-ranking law enforcement officials, policy analysts, victim services specialists, researchers, educators, and more, said Dr. Rae Taylor, chair of the criminology and justice program.

New this year to the program and to Loyola is the university’s online master’s degree in criminology and justice, which is aimed at working professionals seeking advanced education for promotion or new careers in criminal justice administration, private security, and a number of social justice fields.

“Students learn about the criminal justice system, the effects of crime on victims and society, policies and practices to best address crime and criminal justice concerns, and study the roots of crime, including social inequality,” Taylor said. “They will also have the opportunity to study forensic science using cutting-edge technology and to explore professional opportunities through internships and service learning programs.”

“Higher-educated police leaders and criminal justice professionals will be more successful in their pursuit of senior leadership positions and be better prepared to manage the complexities of America's criminal justice system," said national law enforcement expert Ronal Serpas, professor of practice of criminology at Loyola, and former superintendent of both the Nashville and New Orleans Police Departments. “The new online master's of criminology and justice at Loyola University New Orleans allows aspiring police leaders and criminal justice professionals to complete their advanced degrees in just one year, while continuing to further their professional success on the job.”

Internships and service learning experiences during the college years help to enhance professional growth and success. Approximately 90 percent of Loyola students in the class of May 2017 pursued at least one internship during their time at Loyola. More than 85 percent of the class of May 2017 were employed or enrolled in graduate or professional school within six months, post-graduation. For the Class of 2017, (undergraduate and graduate level combined) 87 percent were employed or in graduate or professional school within six months of graduation.

According to College Choice, the rankings are based on institutional reputation, graduation rates, selectivity, and faculty resources. The data used to support these rankings comes from the National Center for Education Statistics’ IPEDS database, U.S. News & World Report, Payscale, and individual college websites.

“Loyola’s Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Justice degree provides both a practical and theoretical approach to criminal justice,” College Choice noted in its description of Loyola. “The program responds to the need for well-trained criminal justice administrators, planners, and researchers.”

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