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Graduate Programs

Criminal Justice Online Programs

Graduate Program



The Executive Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree at Southern University emphasizes leadership, administration, and best policies and practices in criminal justice organizations. It focuses on themes such as leadership and management principles in agencies like law enforcement, the courts, corrections, juvenile justice, and private security.  It is an online degree program that provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system, including insights into leadership, management, theory, policy, and professional ethics in criminal justice. The program prepares students to engage in effective policy management, assume leadership roles, make data-driven decisions based on research and experience, implement best practices, evaluate decisions and plan for future challenges. Students will be exposed to the skills needed to succeed in an executive management position in a criminal justice agency. This program is designed to help meet the growing demand for well-educated management professionals in the field. The Executive Master of Science in Criminal Justice should enhance the leadership, management, administrative, analytical, and decision making skills of current or future senior level managers in Criminal Justice Agencies.

The Executive Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree is designed for individuals with extensive experience and professional achievement in the management and administration of criminal justice organizations. It is expected to serve the educational purpose of those interested in advancing their careers in the criminal justice field.  The master's degree will provide students the opportunity to enhance their professional agency experience to further sharpen their management skills set.

The Executive Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree program within the Nelson Mandela School of Government and Social Science serves the educational needs of pre-service rather than in-service criminal justice professionals.  The traditional Masters of Science Degree in Criminal Justice is a great fit for those who are in the beginning stages of their career in criminal justice. There is a need to attract in-service students who are currently administrators and supervisors in their respective agencies within the criminal justice system. The EMCJ degree offers that opportunity to such students.  Furthermore, designing this program as an online program extends this opportunity to not only in-service students in Louisiana, but also throughout the nation and internationally. 

A student pursuing an EMCJ degree will have to complete ten (10) classes or 30 hours of coursework with no more than two grades of "C" in the program.  Total number of credits: 36 cr. hrs. including the waiver from the academy certificate.