About the Program

The Master of Criminal Justice, offered through Anderson University’s Command College of South Carolina, gives law enforcement professionals the tools and training they need to advance their career and make crucial decisions with confidence.

This leadership program is specifically designed to prepare you to move up to middle management or senior executive positions within criminal justice entities ranging from police departments to state and federal law enforcement to corrections facilities.

All your coursework is focused on best practices and will have a direct, practical application in your day-to-day work and career aspirations. You will study:

  • The latest research methods
  • The role of law enforcement within the broader criminal justice system
  • The roles and responsibilities of executive-level leaders
  • How to navigate today’s diverse workplace
  • Strategic and tactical planning that can be applied to actual challenges you face on a daily basis
  • How to respond to the unique responsibilities law enforcement officials face from the news media

The Master of Criminal Justice is offered in a hybrid format. You will take online coursework as well as spend two days each month meeting at the Lowcountry Graduate Center (pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges). Anderson University understands  the unique requirements of your profession. The pace to complete the degree is flexible: you may take a semester off, if necessary.

Program Director
George Marion Ducworth, J.D.
Anderson University
School of Public Service and Administration

To learn more about this program, visit Anderson University’s Master of Criminal Justice page.

Admissions Requirements

Full Admission

  • Apply online for admission and submit transcripts from all previous colleges
  • Submit a written nomination by a supervising employer or senior-level executive in the organization where the applicant is working
  • Provide a resume and goals statement detailing one’s professional aspirations
  • Have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 2.75 or higher, and submit official college transcripts
  • Be currently working in a sworn, certified, or professional position in Criminal Justice, preferably in an upper- or middle-management position
  • Have a minimum of five years experience working in criminal justice field

Applications will be reviewed by the Command College Graduate Committee, and applicants will be admitted on a competitive basis. Among the factors considered are the applicant’s GPA, the number of years in service, management experience, and the strength of the application packet.

Provisional Admission

Promising applicants who hold a baccalaureate degree but do not meet the formal requirements listed above may be granted provisional admission. Full graduate standing is granted when these students satisfactorily complete prescribed conditions which may include taking a graduate placement test such as the GRE. They must meet any special conditions attached to their admission by the Graduate Committee no later than upon the completion of eight semester hours of graduate credit. Among provisionally admitted applicants may be the following:

  • Applicants with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution who lack undergraduate work considered essential for graduate study.
  • Applicants whose scholastic records are below admission standards, and who give evidence that unavoidable extenuating circumstances affected their undergraduate record, but that progressive improvement took place.

Transfer Policy

Students may transfer up to 6 hours of relevant graduate credits from other regionally accredited institutions at the discretion of the Command College Graduate Committee. These courses must have been taken within the last six years prior to admission to the program, and each transferred course must carry a grade of B or better.