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College of Arts & Sciences
The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice


Masters Application Process

Prospective students applying to the M.A. program in Criminology and Criminal Justice 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. In addition to meeting all the requirements of the University’s Graduate School, applicants must submit the following materials directly to the Graduate School:

  • University application through the Graduate School website (on‐line), including a written statement describing prior education, relevant work experiences, and purpose in pursuing a masters degree in criminology and criminal justice (500 words).
  • Two letters of academic reference from faculty members or other persons qualified to evaluate applicant’s abilities to undertake graduate‐level studies.
  • 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.

Admissions to M.A. program in Criminology and Criminal Justice is competitive and based on the merits of the application materials. The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice admits M.A. students only during the fall semester. The deadline for applying to the M.A. program for fall admission is April 15th, however students interested in receiving department funding (i.e., assistantships) should submit a completed file on or before March 1st for full consideration of funding. ALL application materials must be received by the university on or before these deadlines.

Address all questions about the Graduate Program to the Criminology and Criminal Justice Graduate Director:

Dr. Barbara Koons-Witt, Associate Professor and Graduate Director
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Currell College
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
bakoons@mailbox.sc.edu