36 Credit Hours


The Master of Science in Criminology (MSCrim.) degree program prepares professionals for careers in the justice system, policing, government agencies, and NGOs.

CU’s program is multidisciplinary, combining elements of advanced study in criminal justice topics with other cognate areas such as leadership, sociology, and technology.

Carolina University also has strong partnerships with Sheriff’s Offices in NC and TN which have resulted in a number of collaboration opportunities including internships.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Gain mastery of theoretical and practical criminal justice system knowledge to better understand factors that are reshaping and redefining the administration of justice.
  • Utilize effective research methods, data, and communication techniques within the disciplinary context supported by the necessary critical analytical skills.
  • Apply leadership skills and management practices within intercultural workplaces.
  • Integrate course-specific skills and knowledge while being able to identify ethical dilemmas and resolve those dilemmas.
  • Demonstrate understanding of state-of-the-art technological tools to enhance criminal justice processes and deliver superior outcomes.

Admissions Requirements

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended schools
  • Completed application with Carolina University

Graduation Requirements

In order to become a candidate for graduation a student:

  1. Shall have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours at CU;
  2. Shall have maintained a minimum academic average of C (higher for some programs);
  3. Shall have passed all courses in his/her curriculum and made a C or better in key courses designated as essential in each program;
  4. Shall have completed at least 24 of the final 30 hours with Carolina University.

Degree Requirements

Project/Thesis Requirement: 3 or 6 credits.

Each student must complete a substantial individual project.

There are two different ways to satisfy this requirement.

Completion of a Master’s Thesis.

  • Student must find a thesis advisor – (preferably the second semester into the program)
  • Student must prepare thesis proposal and obtain written approval for the thesis prior to course registration

Completion of an internship in an approved professional setting.

  • Student must identify and seek approval for a professional workplace to complete the internship.
  • Student and employer must complete internship documentation.

Elective Selection:

Course electives must be from MBA, MS Data Science, MA Leadership or MS Computer Science or other 600/700 level courses.