BA in Applied Criminal Justice Leadership

The B.A. in Applied Criminal Justice Leadership is a selective enrollment program aimed at developing leadership skills among current criminal justice professionals. Students will develop capacities in: problem solving; critical and creative thinking; career development; technical skills; oral, written, and electronic communication; ethical reasoning; civic and global engagement; skills for lifelong-learning and leadership; and, teamwork and collaboration. 

FASTRACK Benefits of the program

  • Relevant comprehensive curriculum designed to advance your effective leadership skills and increase your knowledge of criminal justice practice and theory.
  • Convenient schedule of classes online, evening, and weekends allow you to complete the degree on a schedule that works for your personal and professional life.
  • A program grounded in the University Core Curriculum, students will be challenged to develop skills crucial to facing the challenges of contemporary society.

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Total Number of Major Courses 10
Total Number of Major Credit Hours 30 credit hours. Each student's remaining hours toward Core, mission specific requirements, and general elective requirements will vary depending on transfer credit. Please review the curriculum page to learn more about your requirements beyond your major credit hours.
Start Terms Students can begin during any of the 5 sessions throughout the academic year. Major courses will begin when a cohort has been created.
Transfer Credit Accepted Toward Major 15 credit hours / 5 courses
Schedule Format Courses for major offered in 8 week session online asynchronous format.
Course Locations Online
Water Tower Campus – 820 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago
Application and Admission Requirements
  • Loyola application.
  • Personal statement briefly explaining your background, interest in the program, and long term professional goals.
  • Official transcripts from all prior institutions. A 2.0 GPA or higher is required and you must be in good standing at all prior institutions.
Applications should also include one of the following:
  • Demonstration of completion of 12 credit hours of academy training (police, sheriff, corrections, or federal law enforcement). Experienced-based learning completed through this training may be used to pursue 12 general elective credits via non-traditional credit options.
  • Joint Services Transcript that includes the completion of MOS 95B. 12 credits of non-traditional credit expected for this coursework.
  • Completion of an associate’s or certificate program in Criminal Justice.
Applicants with no criminal justice work history will need to complete at least 18 credit hours in criminal justice pre-requisite coursework.
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Loyola University Chicago is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

Loyola's School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers accelerated degree programs for criminal justice professionals. Apply now or request more information about Loyola’s criminal justice degree programs.

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