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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

The Master of Science in criminal justice program at Charleston Southern University consists of 36-42 credit hours, depending on the nonthesis or thesis track option. Students who do not have the required nine hours of undergraduate criminal justice hours must take CRIM 590 Directed Reading in Criminal Justice.


Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
CRIM 601 Survey of Criminal Justice 3
CRIM 610 Current Legal Issues in Criminal Justice 3
CRIM 615 Theories of Criminal Behavior 3
CRIM 620 Research Methods in Criminal Justice 3
CRIM 625 Criminal Justice Administration 3
CRIM 699 Ethics 3

Total Hours: 18


Nonthesis Track: Students choose 18 hours of graduate-related coursework.

Thesis Track: Students choose 9 hours of graduate-related coursework.

Total Hours: 9-18

Thesis Track Only

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
CRIM 697 Thesis I 3
CRIM 698 Thesis II 3

Total Hours: 6