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Master of Science in CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Also available fully ONLINE.

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 terminal degree (doctor of philosophy, juris doctorate) upon graduation can expect to receive thorough training and preparation. As well, our program not only maintains a low student-professor ratio, but 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.


Tuition Discount

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



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



Master of Science in Criminal Justice Tracks


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 course work 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. Non-thesis 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.