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Gary Metts

Assistant Dean of College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Director of the Criminal Justice Graduate Program

Program Track

Thesis Track:

Designed for students considering law school or pursuing future research and a doctoral degree. Students in this track generally pursue higher education teaching opportunities upon completion of this degree. There are 33 hours of coursework plus a thesis required to earn the Master of Science in criminal justice in this track.

Nonthesis Track:

This program is tailored to emphasize leadership and administrative skills and knowledge and requires completion of 36 hours of coursework. Nonthesis track students are seeking professional development opportunities and are generally already working within the criminal justice field.

Master of Science in criminal justice students with qualifying GPAs are eligible to join the Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society. Graduate courses are offered in the traditional as well as online/blended environments in order to make our programs as accessible as possible to full-time professionals.

Alpha Phi Sigma

Any student with a qualifying GPA is eligible to join Alpha Phi Sigma, the national Criminal Justice Honor Society. Opportunities also exist for networking with practitioners at the federal, state, and local level; completing a system-related internship; and assisting faculty with undergraduate teaching and research.

Bucks for Books

How would you like to have FREE textbooks next semester? You can. It all starts with any current criminal justice graduate student recommending a prospective student for the Master of Science in criminal justice program.

Here’s how the program works:

1. If you are a current student in the Master of Science in criminal justice and you know someone interested in registering for the program, notify the director of criminal justice graduate school by email of the potential student.

2. When the prospective student applies for the program, is accepted and registers for class, the graduate school will notify the program director that the new student is registered.

3. The current student will then be notified and will receive a textbook voucher to purchase books from the Campus Store for the upcoming semester

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Gary Metts at 843-863-7330 or by email.

Tuition Discount

All active and retired First Responders/Public Safety personnel (Certified/Sworn Local, State and Federal Officers) enrolling in a degree program at Charleston Southern University are eligible for a 20% First Responders/Public Safety Tuition Discount. In order to qualify for the discount, all admission requirements must be completed, and applicants must provide proof of service or employment by submitting of their employment ID card, or other proof of employment. 

For online undergraduate and graduate criminal justice and public safety students only.

Deadline: One week prior to the start of the term.