The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of South Carolina
offers a program of coursework and research leading to the Ph.D. in Criminology and
Criminal Justice. This program emphasizes criminological theory, criminal justice
system operations, research, and policy. The degree program is designed to provide
rigorous advanced training to produce highly competent criminology and criminal justice
faculty and agency researchers and administrators.
The Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice program is a professional degree
designed to provide criminal justice professionals with coursework in criminal justice
system operation, criminology, research methods, and statistics. The degree program
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.
Dual Master's and J.D.
We work with the University of South Carolina School of Law to offer a combined degree program which permits a student to obtain both the Juris Doctor and the Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice degrees in about 4 years. By combining both programs, the total course load may be reduced by as many as 15 credit hours from that required if the two degrees were earned separately. Up to 6 hours of electives toward the M.A. degree may be taken in law courses and 9 hours of electives toward the J.D. may be earned in the M.A. program.
Prior to obtaining admission to the combined degree program, a student must be admitted
to both the School of Law and the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Program Information and Forms
If you are in need of a specific form, such as a graduation application or program of study sheet, these are available in the Graduate School's form library. Forms specific to the Criminology and Criminal Justice department are available below.
M.A. Comprehensive Exam Resources
Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam Resources
- Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam Preparation and Reading Guide [pdf]
- Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam Rubric [pdf]
- Fall 2017 Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam Questions [pdf]
- Spring 2017 Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam Questions [pdf]
- Fall 2016 Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam Questions [pdf]
- Spring 2016 Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam Questions [pdf]
- Spring 2010 to Fall 2015 Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam Questions [pdf]
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