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Dual Degree: Master of Science in Counseling and Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Why a dual degree in counseling and criminal justice?

The Criminal Justice - Counseling dual degree offers graduates many more career options, unparalleled depth in their academic preparation and an enviable range of clinical training experiences. These outcomes clearly illustrate that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. While each program produces skilled professionals, the additional training allows counseling students to pursue work in criminal justice settings and it offers criminal justice students a route to mental health counselor licensure. This would make graduates especially attractive to rehabilitation-oriented elements within the criminal justice system (e.g. probation, parole, re-entry services, and treatment).  In a highly competitive job market with new graduates facing a complicated future, the Criminal Justice -Counseling dual degree offers a very attractive academic alternative.

View application and tuition information about the M.S.C/M.S.C.J dual degree

The total number of credits for the dual degree is 75 credits. Individually taken, the two degrees would require 90 credits of graduate work. Pursuing the dual degree provides a reduction of 15 graduate credits.

Loyola Counseling Courses: 51 credit hours View course descriptions

Course Number

Title

 

 

 

COUNSELING PRIMARY COURSES (17 HRS.):                                           

Hours

Semester

CNSLA702

Research and Statistical Methods in Counseling

3

 

CNSLA704

Research Writing Lab  

1

 

CNSLA706

Philosophy and Counseling

3

 

CNSLA830

Counseling Theories

3

 

CNSLA835

Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling

3

 

CNSLA836

Individual Counseling Skills Lab

1

 

CNSLA864

Ethics in Individual, Marriage, and Family Counseling

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

REQUIRED COUNSELING COURSES (31 HRS.):

 

 

CNSLA725

Lifespan Development

3

 

CNSLA776

Clinical Assessment and Psychometrics

3

 

CNSLA840

Group Counseling

1

 

CNSLA843

Group Counseling Skills Lab

3

 

CNSLA841

Career Counseling

3

 

CNSLA842 

Multicultural Counseling

3

 

CNSLA855

Diagnostics in Counseling

3

 

CNSLA863

Fundamentals of Practicum and Internship

3

 

CNSLA865

Counseling Practicum

3

 

CNSLA866

Counseling Internship

3

 

CNSLA866

Counseling Internship II

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

CNSL ELECTIVES  (CHOOSE 1)                  (3 HRS.0):         

 

 

 

Department of Criminal Justice Courses: 24 credit hours View course descriptions

 

REQUIRED CRIMINAL JUSTICE COURSES (15 HRS.):

 

 

CRIM 705

Seminar in Criminal Justice

3

 

CRIM 720

Seminar in Criminal Justice Administration II

3

 

CRIM 850

Seminar in Criminology

3

 

CRIM 893

Directed Readings in Criminal Justice

3

 

CRIM 712

Graduate Statistics

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRIM REPLACEMENTS FOR CNSL ELECTIVES (9 HRS.):

 

 

CRIM 700

Theories of Criminal Behavior

3

 

CRIM 800

Selected Problems in Criminal Justice

3

 

CRIM 805

Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation

3

 

 

Coursework

Criminal Justice students who enter the dual degree program with counseling should complete CNSL A702 Research and Statistical Methods in Counseling in the Department of Counseling.  Additionally, they should complete their practicum in the Department of Counseling.