• Application Deadline
  • 12 months


The degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice program at the University of South Carolina provides students with advanced instruction that prepares them to use evidence-based practices in the criminal justice system. Beyond career advancement for practitioners, the masters degree also provides rigorous social science training that prepares students for continued doctoral study.

Career Prospects

Criminology and criminal justice graduates cultivate skills and knowledge applicable to a variety of job opportunities including positions in:

  • State/federal law enforcement
  • Probation/parole
  • Higher education
  • Research organizations
  • Corrections
  • Homeland security
  • Victim assistance
  • Juvenile justice
  • Law/attorney

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Inmates and Prisons
  •  Women and Crime
  •  Crime Over the Life Course
  •  Race, Crime, and Criminal Justice
  • Organized Crime
  • The Death Penalty
  • Law and Criminal Justice Policy
  • Computer Applications in Criminal Justice
  • Selected Topics in Criminal Justice

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    March 1st for full consideration of funding.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Prospective students applying to the M.A. program must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. An undergraduate degree in criminology, criminal justice, or a related social science is desirable. 
  • University application through the Graduate School website, including a statement of interest and study or career objectives (500-750 words). 
  • Two letters of academic reference from faculty members. 
  • Scores obtained within the last five years on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE ‐ both verbal and quantitative sections of the general exam).
  • Official grade transcripts from all previous institutions.

Tuition Fee

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    22302 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22302 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Columbia

  • 999 - 1510 USD/month
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