The Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice provides advanced instruction in criminal justice system operation, criminology, research methods and statistics.
The program supplies professionals with advanced instruction using evidence-based practices in the criminal justice system. In addition to career advancement for working professionals, this master’s program also provides rigorous social science training for continued doctoral study.
Practice skills in real-world law enforcement and law-related settings in the greater Columbia region.
Build a targeted program of study that's tailored to your personal area of interest.
Work with research faculty members to design more effective interventions and criminal justice system practices.
Build connections with other USC-educated professionals and practitioners working in criminal justice.
What You’ll Study
Gain advanced, evidence-based instruction in criminal justice system operation, criminology, research methods and statistics. Use your education to continue your studies, or enter teaching, research or policy-making roles in the criminal justice system.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential
Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making
Attention to Detail
Being meticulous and thorough in all aspects of a task or project
Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective
Introducing new ideas, methods or products to improve performance or achieve a specific goal
Creating professional written content for inclusion in scholarly journal articles, books and reports
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.
- Local, State or Federal Law Enforcement Officer
- Corrections, Probation or Parole Officer
- Victim Assistance and Advocacy
Job Titles of Alumni
- Special Agent
- Police Officer
- BSA/AML Senior Investigator
- Fraud Investigator
Average Alumni Salary
Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $84,703
- Law Enforcement
Employers of Alumni
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- Defense Criminal Investigative Service
- Columbia Police Department
- South Carolina Department of Corrections
- NC Department of Justice