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Louisiana Criminal Justice Schools

  • 28 schools offering criminal justice degrees in Louisiana are in our database. (see below)
  • 11 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 12 of them offer bachelor’s degrees and above, and 5 offer a mix of bachelor’s and master’s
  • We found no schools in Louisiana ranked in US News and World Reports that have a criminal justice program; #89 University of Louisville–Louisville, KY
  • According to Kiplinger’s, Louisiana has no universities ranked in the top 100 for “Values in Public Colleges”
  • 10 campus-based and online schools in Louisiana are available for requesting information.


Profiles of Well-Known Schools in Louisiana


Loyola University New Orleans

The College of Social Sciences at Loyola University New Orleans offers students a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Criminal Justice, a Master of Criminal Justice, and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration. Loyola University has a relationship with Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO), which has a stipend summer internship for criminal justice majors. The College of Social Sciences has its own semester-long and summer study abroad programs such as the Summer Program in Avila, Spain and the Loyola Summer Program in Italy: The Crossroads of Culture, Art and Religion. The Department of Criminal Justice has 20 full time and part time faculty that specialize in organizational theory, forensics, crime and technology, and international risk analysis.

Louisiana State University

Undergraduate students at Louisiana State University can pursue a criminology concentration with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Within the Department of Sociology is the CAPER (Crime and Policy Evaluation Research) Group, which consists of more than 30 crime and social policy researchers and professionals and their collaborative projects. Criminology concentration students take the standard sociology foundation courses and then move onto specialized upper-level courses such as Sociology of the Criminal Justice System, Criminal Violence or Sociology of Youth and Crime. A unique feature of the LSU Department of Sociology is the Video Ethnography Laboratory, which creates avenues for students to use experimental media in their research.

Bossier Parish Community College

Bossier Parish Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice with optional concentrations in Corrections, Law Enforcement, Legal Systems, or Medicolegal Death Investigation. The criminal justice programs at this school prepare students to begin criminal justice careers at the entry level with degree completion in as little as one and a half years with accelerated four-week and eight-week classes. Bossier Parish Community College is one of only three colleges in the US offering a Medicolegal Death Investigation concentration. Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to sit for the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators, Inc. registry level exams. Courses from any concentration area may transfer to partially fulfill the requirements for a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice for students who choose to continue their studies at a four-year school.

Louisiana Criminal Justice Salary and Jobs

Occupation Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Correctional Officers and Jailers 9,620 $33,120
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 2,100 $60,470
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 2,050 $57,680
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 11,830 $39,100

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012.

Respected leaders who have graduated from universities in Louisiana

  • New Orleans Superintendent of Police Ronal W Serpas PhD – University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
  • Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft – Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell D. Normand – University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
  • Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator – Louisiana State University, Shreveport, LA
Police Quote: “There are always two sides to every story and somewhere in the middle lies the truth. Never turn down a promotion even if it means a move to a place or position you did not want to work in.” -Jim Craft, Lafayette Police Chief and 2nd Vice President of the Louisiana Association of Chiefs of Police

Louisiana Criminal Justice Degrees

Unless an individual has eight years of work experience, the only way to become a probation and parole officer for the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections is to have a four-year degree, such as a bachelor’s in criminal justice. The Louisiana State Police will also waive experience requirement for individuals who have completed college course work, and will pay a salary of $3408 per month after one year1 in conjunction with comprehensive benefits. Wherever your interests lie, a general criminal justice degree or a specialty program can help you get the degree that will help you get hired in Louisiana’s growing criminal justice industry.

Despite New Orleans’ difficult recovery from Hurricane Katrina, the population of the state is expected to grow over the next twenty years. Louisiana is home to not only three Federal correctional facilities, but also the 5th highest violent crime rate in the country as well.

The city of New Orleans is also seeking police officers at an annual salary of $43,070 after the first year.2 Completion of a bachelor’s degree in a field such as criminal justice will generate an automatic additional $2,000 2 in annual salary in New Orleans. The Baton Rouge Police Department also matches New Orleans’ college incentive. Both police departments offer extremely generous benefit packages including insurance, paid leave, and overtime opportunities. Finally, both departments also offer additional salary benefits for holders of degrees above the bachelor’s level. The annual salary for police and patrol officers in the state of Louisiana is $38,020.3

Louisiana’s Criminal Justice Employment Outlook 4,5,6,7

Louisiana’s unemployment rate, as of September 2014 is 6%. This is just slightly above the national average of 5.8%. The state experienced its unemployment peak in September 2005, with a rate of 11.2%. The low occurred in July 2006, with 3.6% unemployment rate. Government-related employment is a good proxy for criminal justice jobs in Louisiana. Projection Central includes the following positions in its projections:

  • Police and Sheriff Patrol: 480 annual openings/88% in positions report some college or bachelor’s degree
  • Correctional Officers: 370 annual openings/60% in positions report some college, or bachelor’s degree
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: 60 annual openings
  • Security Guards: 420 annual openings
  • Paralegals: 150 annual openings/88% in positions report some college, or bachelor’s degree
  • Forensic Science Technicians: 10 annual openings

The above-mentioned positions are a result of growth and replacement.

The Mercatus Center, a conservative think tank, analyzed and rated the long-term solvency of each state government. Louisiana ranked 34th in the nation. This is based on the state’s budgeting process, cash/tax collection, as well as its pensions. This is an indication that new employees should keep an eye on the Louisiana’s ability to fulfill its obligation of paying employee pensions.

Online and Louisiana Criminal Justice Schools

To earn a criminal justice degree in Louisiana, we recommend the following accredited campus-based and online criminal justice programs for students interested in pursuing associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the growing field of criminal justice.

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Tip: If you don’t live near a campus-based school that offers a program of interest, consider an online degree or a university in an adjacent state (Texas, Arkansas, and Missouri).



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Directory of Louisiana Universities Offering Criminal Justice Degrees

Baton Rouge Community College (Baton Rouge)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice (transfer degree)
Certificate | Emergency Management
Technical Diploma | Correctional Programs

Bossier Parish Community College (Bossier City)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
Associate of Applied Science | Medicolegal Death Investigation

Delgado Community College (New Orleans)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice

Grambling State University (Grambling)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Paralegal Studies
Bachelor of Science | Chemistry: Forensic Chemistry
Master of Science | Criminal Justice

Louisiana College (Pineville)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice

Louisiana State University at Alexandria (Alexandria)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of General Studies | Disaster Science and Emergency Management
Minor | Criminal Justice

Louisiana State University-Eunice (Eunice)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice (transfer program)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
Associate of Applied Science | Fire and Emergency Services

Louisiana State University-Shreveport (Shreveport)
Bachelor Degree | Criminal Justice: Generalist
Bachelor Degree | Criminal Justice: Forensic Science
Bachelor Degree | Criminal Justice: Political Science

Louisiana Technical College (Oakdale)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate of Technical Studies | Law Enforcement & Legal Studies
Certificate of Technical Studies | General Criminal Justice Studies
Technical Diploma | Criminal Justice

Loyola University New Orleans (New Orleans)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Sociology: Crime, Law & Social Control
Bachelor of Arts | Sociology: Social Justice & Inequalities
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Chemistry
Master of Criminal Justice | Criminal Justice
Master of Pastoral Studies and Master of Science in Criminal Justice | Dual Degree program
Master of Science in Counseling/ Master of Science in Criminal Justice | Dual Degree program
Minor | Forensic Chemistry
Minor | Criminal Justice

McNeese State University (Lake Charles)
Associate of General Studies | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Chemistry: Forensic Chemistry
Master of Science | Criminal Justice: Justice Administration (online program)
Minor | Terrorism, Preparedness, and Security
Minor | Criminal Justice

Nicholls State University (Thibodaux)
Associate of Science | Safety Technology

Northwestern State University of Louisiana (Natchitoches)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice (online program)
Bachelor of Arts | Organizational Leadership: Public Safety Administration
Bachelor of Science | Addiction Studies (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Psychology: Substance Abuse (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Unified Public Safety: Law Enforcement Administration
Bachelor of Science | Unified Public Safety: Law Enforcement Administration (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Unified Public Safety: Emergency Management Administration
Bachelor of Science | Unified Public Safety: Emergency Management Administration (online program)
Master of Science | Homeland Security
Master of Science | Homeland Security (online program)
Master of Arts | Adult Education | Homeland Security
Master of Arts | Adult Education | Homeland Security (online program)
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Global Security and Intelligence
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Global Security and Intelligence (online program)
Program | Army ROTC

Remington College (Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Shreveport)
Associate Degree | Criminal Justice
Bachelor Degree | Criminal Justice
Bachelor Degree | Criminal Justice (online program)

South Louisiana Community College (Lafayette)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice

Southeastern Louisiana University (Hammond)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science
Minor | Criminal Justice
Honors Diploma | Criminal Justice

Southern University and A & M College (Baton Rouge)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminal Justice
Military Science Program | Army ROTC

Southern University at New Orleans (New Orleans)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice: Corrections
Minor | Criminal Justice: Juvenile Justice

Southern University at Shreveport (Shreveport)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice Administration

Sowela Technical Community College (Lake Charles)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Technical Competency Area Certificate | General Criminal Justice Studies
Certificate of Technical Studies | General Legal Studies
Certificate of Technical Studies | Criminal Justice System Studies
Technical Diploma | Criminal Justice

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Lafayette)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminal Justice: Juvenile Justice
Minor | Forensics
Minor | Criminal Justice Forensics

The University of Louisiana at Monroe (Monroe)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice: Abuse Case Management (Certification)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice (online program)
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice (online program)
Minor | Criminal Justice
Minor | Military Science

Tulane University (New Orleans)
Associate of Arts | Homeland Security Studies
Bachelor of Arts | Homeland Security Studies
Master of Professional Studies | Homeland Security Studies
Master of Public Health | Disaster Management
Master of Social Work/ Master of Science in Disaster Resilience Leadership | Dual Degree Program
Minor | Homeland Security Studies
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Homeland Security Studies
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Disaster Management

References:
1. Louisiana State Police: http://www.lsp.org/recruit.html#benefits
2. New Orleans Police Department: http://www.nola.gov/nopd/
3. Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_LA.htm
4. Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/lau/. *See state on page for current unemployment rate.
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics: State Occupational Projections: http://https://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm.htm
6. Y Charts 10 Year Unemployment Chart: http://http://ycharts.com/indicators/louisiana_unemployment_rate
7. Mercatus Center State Fiscal Condition: http://mercatus.org/publication/state-fiscal-condition-ranking-50-states