Continuing your path in criminal justice

The Master of Science in criminal justice program provides an advanced understanding of the nature, causes and consequences of crime; society’s reaction to criminal and delinquent behavior; and the three major components (law enforcement, courts and corrections) of the criminal justice system. 

Available in traditional and fully online formats, the degree poses a myriad of benefits for students. Students desiring to secure managerial, administrative and other positions of leadership can expect to receive enhanced professional and leadership development, while students interested in pursuing a terminal degree (doctor of philosophy, juris doctorate) upon graduation can expect to receive thorough training and preparation. 

This program not only maintains a low student-professor ratio but also our graduate courses are offered by practitioner-scholars in traditional, hybrid and online environments — a unique feature that makes our graduate program as accessible as possible to both full-time professionals and young adults who have recently finished their undergraduate degrees.

All active and retired First Responders/Public Safety personnel (Certified/Sworn Local, State and Federal Officers) enrolling in a traditional or online degree program at Charleston Southern University are eligible for a 20% First Responders/Public Safety Tuition Discount.

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Charleston Southern University’s accreditation can be found here.

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Application Requirements

In the Criminal Justice program, you’ll take courses like…

  • Legal Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Theories of Criminal Behavior
  • Ethics
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Human Trafficking
  • Forensic Science

Program Director

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Gary Metts

Assistant Dean of College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Director of the Criminal Justice Graduate Program
Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership


Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership includes classrooms and conference space, including the Drew Conference Center, which accommodates 200.