Criminology and Criminal Justice, M.A.
Admission to the M.A. Program
Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. An undergraduate major in criminology, criminal justice, or a related social science is desirable. In addition to meeting all admission requirements of the University’s Graduate School, applicants to the M.A. program must submit a university application through the Graduate School, including a written statement describing their interests in the criminology and criminal justice field and goals or objectives for their degree and career. Applicants must also submit scores obtained within the last five years on the Miller Analogies test (MAT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or Law School Admission Test (LSAT), two letters of academic reference, and official grade transcripts from all previous institutions. Applications are accepted for fall and spring admission.
In cooperation with the University of South Carolina School of Law, the Department also offers a combined degree program which permits a student to obtain both the Juris Doctor and the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice degrees in approximately four years. Applicants should seek admission into both programs to participate. Link to Law School Bulletin details: Criminology and Criminal Justice / Law, M.A. / J.D.
Degree Requirements (30 Hours)
Requirements for the M.A. degree include in the following:
Core Courses (15 Hours)
Must be completed with a grade of B or higher.
|CRJU 701||Survey of Criminal Justice||3|
|CRJU 702||Law and Justice||3|
|CRJU 703||Research Methods in Criminal Justice||3|
|CRJU 705||Quantitative Methods in Criminal Justice||3|
|Total Credit Hours||15|
Note: No course may be repeated more than one time. With approval of the graduate director, substantially equivalent courses from outside the department may be substituted for some of these core courses.
Electives (9-15 Hours)
Students choosing the thesis option must take 9 hours of elective courses with no more than 6 credit hours below the 700 level (i.e. 500 or 600 level). Students choosing the non-thesis option must take an additional 6 credit hours of elective courses for a total of 15 credit hours of elective credit with no more than 9 credit hours below the 700 level (i.e. 500 or 600 level).
Thesis or Non-Thesis Option (6 Hours for thesis)
Students may choose to complete a 6 credit hour thesis. Successful completion of the thesis will require an oral defense before the student’s thesis committee. Students choosing the non-thesis option must take an additional 6 credit hours of elective courses in lieu of thesis credits for a total of 15 credit hours of elective credit with no more than 9 credit hours below the 700 level level (i.e., 500 or 600 level).
In addition to these minimum course requirements, students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive exam. Additional details regarding this requirement and other professional requirements/policies are available in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Graduate Handbook. Students should work with their academic advisor to identify what if any additional hours will be required to create a program of study for this degree.