Residents of Louisiana who are interested in pursuing educations in criminal justice will be happy to know that the state is full of opportunities. It’s important to note, however, that not every criminal justice degree is the same. Not only are they available at different degree levels, such as bachelor’s degrees, associate’s degrees, master’s degrees, and certificates, but they are also in widely different areas and enable those who earn them to do different things.

There are so many widely different careers in criminal justice, each having its own educational requirements, that it is extremely important for prospective students to first decide on a career and then to plan their educations around the career’s requirements.

The good news is that, in today’s day and age, Louisiana residents have even more choice and even more opportunity to get the exact educations they need to make their career dreams a reality. Students can choose to attend school online, in person, or a combination of both, whatever works best for their schedules and their lives. It’s just a matter of finding a legitimate, accredited school with a strong program and a good reputation in the field.

An online school that is frequently chosen by Louisiana residents is Loyola University of New Orleans. This online university offers two master’s degree programs, both in criminal justice administration, one with a concentration in forensic administration and the other with a concentration in justice administration. Of course, students are in no way limited to this school; there are many other online choices out there, located all over the United States.

Louisiana has no shortage in the way of traditional colleges and universities either. Popular choices in the state include Baton Rouge Community College, which offers an associate’s degree program in criminal justice, as well as a certificate program in emergency management; Bossier Parish Community College, located in Bossier City, which offers associate’s degree programs in corrections, law enforcement, legal systems, and medicolegal death.

Career Technical College, in Monroe, which offers an associate’s degree in criminal justice; Court Reporting Institute of Louisiana, located in Baton Rouge, with an associate’s degree program in paralegal and a court reporting certificate program; Delgado Community College, in New Orleans, which has an associate’s degree program in criminal justice; Grambling State University, in Grambling, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice, bachelor’s degree programs in paralegal and criminal justice, and a master’s degree program in criminal justice.

ITT Technical Institute, with locations in Baton Rouge and Saint Rose, offering associate’s degree programs in criminal justice, paralegal studies, online criminal justice, and a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice, offered both online and traditionally; Louisiana College, in Pineville, with a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice, Louisiana State University at Alexandria, with an associate’s degree program and a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice.

Louisiana State University at Eunice, with an associate’s degree program in paralegal studies, an online bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice, and a bachelor’s degree in emergency services technology; Louisiana State University Shreveport, with a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice; Louisiana Technical College, located in Oakdale, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice, and certificate programs in correctional security officer and criminal justice; Louisiana Technical Colleges- Northshore Technical College, located in Bogalusa, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice, and certificate programs in the same.

McNeese State University, in Lake Charles, with associate’s degree programs in paralegal studies and criminal justice, as well as a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice; and Nicholls State University, located in Thibodaux, which has an associate’s degree program in criminal justice and a bachelor’s degree program in legal assistant studies.