Loyola Hunting for More Criminal Justice Students
Loyola University New Orleans hopes a little sleuthing challenge can help it nab more students for its online criminal justice degree program.
The university recently launched an Internet-based game called “The Criminal Justice Challenge & Photo Hunt,” which was crafted to show potential students how the skills and knowledge learned in Loyola’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration program could be applied in real-world law enforcement scenarios.
Players are taken through two segments – Curriculum in the Real World and Criminal Justice Fast Facts – before tackling the challenge, which includes puzzles such as quickly identifying differences between two photos.
The game references recent high-profile criminal cases, such as the murder trial of Casey Anthony and the Ponzi scheme of Bernie Madoff.
The challenge mirrors subject areas covered in the online master’s degree program, such as crime prevention, professional ethics and media management, according to Loyola’s website.
The director of the online program said more law enforcement organizations and criminal justice agencies are seeking candidates with graduate-level degrees.
“To really be successful, especially in a leadership or administrative role, requires a working knowledge of resources, budgeting and organizational management,” Bethany Brown said in a November 2013 press release.
Loyola’s online program is designed for law enforcement and security professionals who want to advance their education while continuing to work. Students can choose from two specializations, Forensic Science Administration and Justice Administration.
The Justice Administration track covers organizational structure, personnel training, emerging technology and effective leadership. It is aimed at students hoping to advance in a public law enforcement agency or those looking to transition into the private sector.
In the Forensic Science Administration specialization, students will focus on the operations and management skills required to direct an investigation from crime scene to courtroom, according to the school’s website. Those competencies include the ability to communicate clearly when presenting investigative findings during court proceedings or to the media.
According to Loyola, the Forensic Science Administration track is aimed at students who want to advance to management positions such as crime laboratory director, detective bureau commander or crime scene division commander.