Master of Science in Criminal and Social Justice Policy


A Masters of Science in Criminal and Social Justice Policy degree helps you influence society through policy. This program, offered 100% online, provides challenging coursework and meaningful discussions, all guided by expert faculty with a passion for justice in the modern world.

Coker University’s flexible format is ideal for those who are unable to enroll in a traditional, on-campus graduate program, but desire to advance their career and qualify for more influential positions. Motivated students can complete the M.S. in Criminal and Social Justice Policy from any location, in as few as 15 months.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to influence criminal and social justice policy in a wide variety of fields, including:


Race and Crime

This course provides students a detailed analysis of the relationship between racial groups and the criminal justice system. Topics covered will include how structural ecology influences crime in racialized communities, the relationship between the criminal justice system and structural racial inequality, the role of cognitive racial framing in the criminal justice system, and mass incarceration.

Criminal Justice Program Assessment

This course will provide students with a solid grounding in the applied tools for conducting program evaluation. It will include instruction and experience in conducting evaluation research with training in the methods of evaluation for public, private or nonprofit programs and policies.

The Prison Industrial Complex

This course introduces and examines the phenomenon known as “The Prison Industrial Complex.” Topics covered are: the history of for-profit prisons, how political narratives influence public opinion of criminals, the major agencies benefiting from mass incarceration, and the influence of mass incarceration on communities and individuals across the race, class, and gender spectrums.

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  1. Cost & Aid

    Estimated Total Tuition Cost (15 months)

    Total Credit Hours 30 Hours
    Tuition Per Credit Hour $638
    TOTAL $19,140*

    Additional Expenses (per year)

    Coker Advantage (Tech) Fee $176 ($22 per term)

    *Estimated total costs are based upon current year figures and do not include the cost of course materials or possible increases for courses offered in a new fiscal year.

  1. Admissions

    To gain admission to the Master of Science in Criminal and Social Justice Policy program, an applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation with an overall undergraduate grade point average of  3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students with a lower undergraduate grade point average may be reviewed for admission by the program faculty.

    Additionally, students will be required to submit a portfolio of materials including the following:

    • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and/or graduate institutions attended.
    • A one-page personal statement explaining the student’s educational and career goals.
    • Resume
    • Two professional letters of recommendation. Electronic signatures accepted.

    Admission documents may be submitted electronically and should be sent to If you have questions, please feel free to call 843.857.4139. 

  1. Course Sequence

    Students in the Master of Science in Criminal & Social Justice Policy program take one course at a time.

    The MS.CSJP program has two entry points per year, each August and February. Graduate students will take one course at a time in a cohort model. For more information, please email

    Below is a sample course sequence of one cohort. (Actual course sequence may vary.) 

        CRIM 525 Race and Crime
        CRIM 500 Criminology Theory and Crime Policy
        CRIM 505 Correctional Philosophies
        CRIM 515 Public Order Crime
        CRIM 550 Criminal Justice Program Assessment
        CRIM 530 The Prison Industrial Complex
        CRIM 510 Supreme Court Rulings and Criminal Justice
        CRIM 560 Gender and Crime
        CRIM 520 Social Class & Crime
        CRIM 565 Graduate Research Methods

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