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School of Public Service and Administration

Master of Criminal Justice (The Command College)

Program Overview

The Command College of South Carolina at Anderson University offers a master’s-level program that equips you to manage a criminal justice agency in an ethically sound and legally defensible manner. The unique curriculum provides intensive exposure to material that is specifically engineered for criminal justice professionals with an emphasis on executive leadership. The online design connects the convenience of online instruction with the relational advantages developed via on-campus, discipline specific events each term. Your professors are experienced criminal justice professionals with exceptional backgrounds. Upon program completion, you’ll receive a Master of Criminal Justice degree.

Admission Resources

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Program at a
Glance

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

36

DETAILS

Total Credit Hours: 36
Program Type: MCJ
Location: Online
Time to Complete: 20 Months
Start Date: Fall: August
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Why AU?

Ready for the next chapter in your academic, professional, and spiritual life? Whether you are graduating high school or pursuing a master’s or doctorate degree, we invite you to be a part of one of the top regional universities in the South (U.S. News & World Report). Come discover why the Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc. identified Anderson University as one of the top-ranked, most affordable colleges in the country. Take the next step in your journey of academic excellence today.
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The Knowledge You Will Gain

All your coursework is focused on best practices and will have a direct, practical application in your day-to-day work and career aspirations. Studies will include: • The current 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 workplaces • 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

Career Outlook

You can put your Master of Criminal Justice degree to use in a number of jobs: assistant chief or chief of police, manager in a state or federal law enforcement agency, a leadership position at a corrections facility or probation/parole office, or in private security. Some participants intend to seek election as sheriff. Others anticipate a post-retirement career as a criminal justice instructor or consultant.



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Knowledge You’ll Gain

All your coursework is focused on best practices and will have a direct, practical application in your day-to-day work and career aspirations. Studies will include: • The current 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 workplaces • 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

Career Outlook

You can put your Master of Criminal Justice degree to use in a number of jobs: assistant chief or chief of police, manager in a state or federal law enforcement agency, a leadership position at a corrections facility or probation/parole office, or in private security. Some participants intend to seek election as sheriff. Others anticipate a post-retirement career as a criminal justice instructor or consultant.



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Anderson University is a national leader in higher education in its use of technology to support and enhance all aspects of its core function—teaching and learning, which has led to the institution being recognized as an Apple Distinguished School since 2014. Through Anderson’s Digital Learning Initiative, Anderson has provided all of its residential undergraduate students and select graduate program students with an iPad Air and Apple Pencil. The mission of transforming learning experiences and preparing students to serve their communities and careers in the twenty-first century is enhanced through mobile devices developed by Apple.

Admission Requirements

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Previous Degree Required

A bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in this program.

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Transcript Requirements

Official undergraduate transcripts will need to be submitted as part of the application process for this program.

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Additional Admission Requirements

5 years of Law Enforcement experience. Sworn in officer. If less than 5 years, the department will need to interview potential applicant to determine if he/she will be a good fit. Dean will make final decision.

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Application Deadline

The application deadline is two (2) weeks before a term start date.

More Information

I-20 Approved: Yes
I-17 Approved: No
Non Degree Option Available (Minor): Yes
Program Director:
Dr. Chuck Williamson
Breakdown of Credit Hours:
36 Credit Hours – Program Requirements
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