College of Arts & Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) offers several graduate-level academic programs. Graduate course descriptions can be found in the Course Catalog.

Academic Programs

Each academic program listed in the University Bulletin outlines what courses requirements students need for successful completion of the program. 

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Teaching

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a 36-hour program which includes the basic hours required for Louisiana teacher-certification: Additional courses in research and literacy encourage academic rigor, and distinguish the program from the undergraduate program. The program is directed by the Faculty and Staff in the Office of Teacher Education.

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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) 

The MAT is a 36 credit hour, graduate-level degree program. Students complete the following courses & requirements:

  • TEAC A700 Intro to Education “Best Practices” Research: Applications
  • TEAC A705 Multiculturalism & Social Justice
  • TEAC A710 Exceptional Individuals in a Diverse Society
  • TEAC A715 The Adolescent Learner
  • TEAC A720 Differentiated Instruction: Applications
  • TEAC A725 Language & Literacy in a Diverses Society 
  • TEAC A730 Statistics & Assessment
  • TEAC A735 Effective Classroom Management & Organization
  • TEAC A740 Advanced Methods of Secondary School Teaching 1
  • TEAC A745 Specific Content Area Methods 2
  • TEAC A795 Internship/Student Teaching in Diverse Communities
  • TEAC A795 Internship/Student Teaching in Diverse Communities
     
  • GRE, Praxis I (Reading, English, and Math), and Praxis II Content assessments must be taken/passed before completion of 6 credit hours in the program. 
  • Internship 1 and Methods 1 are to be completed during the same semester. 
  • Internship 2 and Methods 2 are to be completed during the same semester. 
  • Praxis II PLT must be taken and passed before the end of the course progression. 
     
  • MAT Degree Program Course Listing (DPCL): The DPCL serves as a helpful checklist of requirements for each program. Use this form in consultation with your advisor to plan your schedule.
     
  • Note: The curriculum contained in this catalog is subject to changes based upon the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's review and approval of the university's redesigned teacher preparation curriculum. Check with the Dean's office to obtain a copy of the BESE-approved curriculum.

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Admission Requirements

For admission to the MAT program, candidates must possess a non-education baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university and have a 3.0 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Candidates must pass Praxis I (reading, writing, and mathematics) or have an ACT composite score of 22 or higher, an SAT combined verbal and math score of 1030, or a graduate degree. They must also pass the Praxis II content-specific exam in their academic content area. In addition, candidates must take the GRE and provide 3 professional references.

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Admission Types

Candidates can be provisionally admitted when their application, Praxis I scores (or accepted exemption), and official transcripts are received. They will be fully admitted when all transcripts, test scores, and references are received by the university. This information must be received before students complete their first six hours of coursework.

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Comprehensive Exam

Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) must be passed before candidates complete the program. This requirement is part of the State Department of Education's certification process.

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Transfer Credits

Candidates who have taken graduate coursework in education at another institution may request up to 6 hours of transfer credit. Appropriate documentation must be presented to the Office of Teacher Education for review and approval.

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Criminology & Justice

The Master of Criminology & Justice degree program responds to the need for professionally-trained criminal justice administrators, planners and researchers as well as private security professionals. This program is coordinated through the Department of Criminology and Justice with courses taught by experienced faculty and staff. 

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Master of Criminology & Justice (MCJ)

The online Master of Criminology and Justice degree is a 30 credit hour, graduate-level degree program. Students complete the following courses: 

  • MCJ Core Courses for 12 crs: 
    • CRIM A700 Theories of Criminal Behavior
    • CRIM A710 Research & Statistical Methods
    • CRIM A712 Graduate Statistics
    • CRIM A805 Program Planning, Implementation, & Evaluation
  • CRIM A705 Seminar in Criminal Justice
  • CRIM A718 Seminar in Criminal Justice Administration 1
  • CRIM A800 Selected Problems in Criminal Justice
  • CRIM A850 Seminar in Criminology
  • CRIM A893 Directed Readings in Criminal Justice
  • CRIM A900 Master’s Research & Practicum 
     
  • MCJ Degree Program Course Listing: The DPCL serves as a helpful checklist of requirements for each program. Use this form in consultation with your advisor to plan your schedule.

Dual Degrees

The Department of Criminology and Justice participates in dual degree programs in collaboration with the College of Business and the Department of Counseling. Detailed information can be found in the Dual Degrees entry of the Graduate Bulletin.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants to the MCJ program must submit the following: 

  • A completed Application for Master of Criminal Justice; prospective students can view the application process on the online application portal
  • A bachelor’s degree and a record of academic achievement from an accredited college or university
  • An official transcript from each institution attended, sent directly to the appropriate admissions office. For transcripts other than English, please provide a certified English translation with an explanation of the grading system
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons knowledgeable about the applicant’s aptitude for graduate work, such as former professors or master’s prepared supervisors
  • A resume of professional work experience
  • Writing Sample: The Master of Criminology and Justice program at Loyola requires graduate level academic writing in all classes, as well as a research project. As such, an original writing sample is required as part of your application.
  • Please write a 750-1000 word essay that addresses ONE of the three prompts below.
  • What do you think causes crime and why?
  • What do you think is the most important part of the criminal justice system and why?
  • What do you think is the most pressing issue to address in criminology and criminal justice, and why?

 
International Students
In addition to meeting the above requirements, all international applicants must submit: 

  • Results of the TOEFL, scoring 550 or higher, unless their previous degree is from a college or university in which the language of instruction is English;
  • F-1 or J-1 visas must submit an affidavit of support.

Note 1: Materials submitted in support of an application are not released for other purposes and cannot be returned to the applicant.

Note 2: All application documentation listed on this page must be received by the Department of Criminology and Justice before a formal interview can be scheduled and a candidate's possible acceptance into the program can be considered.

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Admission Types

The Department of Criminology & Justice Admission Committee reviews all applications and makes admissions decisions. Applicants are notified of the decision by letter. Two types of admission can be recommended:

  • Unconditional Admission: Applicants are admitted unconditionally when they have submitted all required materials and met admission standards. Since admission into the MCJ program is limited, the committee reserves the right to determine which applicants are the best matches for Loyola’s graduate program.
  • Conditional/Probationary Admission: The decision to grant conditional/probationary admission is based on perceived academic promise and is granted to an applicant to provide an opportunity for the applicant to demonstrate his/her academic ability. The student with probationary admission remains on probation until he/she has completed a minimum of six graduate hours and has achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. If, after the completion of six graduate hours, the student’s cumulative GPA is less than 3.0, the student will not be eligible to return to the MCJ program.

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Degree Candidacy

MCJ students must apply for candidacy after completion of 18 credit hours with an overall 3.0 average in the program. The Master of Criminology & Justice (MCJ) is a 30-credit-hour program. This program is designed to be flexible both with regard to course delivery as well as completion time.

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GPA & Student Progression Requirements

In order to remain in good standing and progress through the MCJ program, a student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. A student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. A student on academic probation has one semester (fall, spring, or summer semester) to remove the academic deficiency. If the deficiency is not removed in the allotted time, the student may not be eligible to continue in the MCJ program. The final decision to allow a probationary student to remain in the program will be made by the department chairperson.

Progression Through the Curriculum
The MCJ program is a cohort model meaning the student moves through the curriculum taking a prescribed set of courses each semester. If, for some reason, the student cannot adhere to the set schedule, graduation in the 12-month period may not be possible. The department will make every effort to accommodate the student by modifying his/her progression plan.

Completion Timeline
Students are required to complete the MCJ program within 5 years of enrolling in coursework.

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Transfer Credits

Students who have earned graduate academic credit at an accredited university or college may be allowed to transfer a maximum of six credit hours. In all cases, coursework will be evaluated for equivalence to MCJ program requirements; therefore, students must provide course syllabi and other supporting materials to assist faculty in the evaluation process.

Read the Transfer of Academic Credit policy in the Academic Regulations section of the University Bulletin for more information.

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Education

The Master of Science in Education is a 30-hour program for teachers who already possess a bachelor's degree, and who have already completed a teacher certification program: It allows professionals in education to extend their knowledge and skills, and to acquire additional credentials that will allow them to advance their careers where a master's degree is required. The program is directed by the Faculty and Staff in the Office of Teacher Education.

Program is not accepting applications at this time. 

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Master of Science in Education 

The MS in Education is a 30 credit hour, graduate-level degree program. Students complete the following courses & requirements:

  • TEAC A700 Intro to Education “Best Practices” Research: Applications
  • TEAC A705 Multiculturalism & Social Justice
  • TEAC A710 Exceptional Individuals in a Diverse Society
  • TEAC A720 Differentiated Instruction: Applications
  • TEAC A726 Advanced Educational Psychology
  • TEAC A730 Statistics & Assessment
  • TEAC A750 Instructional Technology
  • TEAC A770 Instructional Design
  • TEAC A773 Evaluation of Learning
  • TEAC A840 Capstone Project
     
  • MS in Education Degree Program Course Listing (DPCL): The DPCL serves as a helpful checklist of requirements for each program. Use this form in consultation with your advisor to plan your schedule.

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Admission Requirements

For admission to the MS program, candidates must possess an education baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university and have a 3.0 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale. In addition, candidates must take the GRE and provide 3 professional references.

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Admission Types

Candidates can be provisionally admitted when their application and official transcripts are received. They will be fully admitted when all transcripts, test scores, and references are received by the university. This information must be received before students complete their first six hours of coursework.

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Transfer Credits

Candidates who have taken graduate coursework in education at another institution may request up to 6 hours of transfer credit. Appropriate documentation must be presented to the Office of Teacher Education for review and approval.

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