Master of Criminal Justice – Executive Leadership

All eyes are on you – the law enforcement official in charge.

It’s your job to lead your staff, talk to the press, navigate the cultural issues facing your officers and your community, work with other organizations to plan and prepare for disasters, ensure the evidence your officers collect can withstand court scrutiny, and ensure the safety of those in your community.

AU’s Master of Criminal Justice in Executive Leadership will give you the information, real-world strategies and critical thinking skills you’ll need to lead law enforcement professionals and move up the ladder to Chief of Police, Sheriff or Director of Emergency Services.

Lowcountry Graduate Center

AU’s location at the Lowcountry Graduate Center gives students in South Carolina’s lowcountry more convenient access to a high-quality, Christian graduate education. Within minutes of the Charleston area, the center is also convenient to students from Myrtle Beach to the Hilton Head area or east of Columbia.

Master of Criminal Justice

Designed for the working professional in the criminal justice field, this master’s degree program is a combination of online classes and monthly in-person classes. This flexibility helps you keep time away from work to a minimum. The program is for chiefs, chief deputies, assistant chiefs and other leaders and managers in the law enforcement and courts fields who are looking to further their careers.

The program offers:

  • one-on-one attention;
  • class sizes of no more than 20 students;
  • the latest in research-driven law enforcement standards and practices, and
  • networking opportunities with other departments across the state.

Admission Requirements

Successful applicants must have the following:

  • an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 2.75 or greater
  • employment as an upper or middle manager in a criminal justice agency;
  • at least five years of experience in law enforcement, and
  • nomination from a superior officer.


With rolling admissions and year-round sessions, the Master of Criminal Justice – Executive Leadership program takes just under two years and will prepare you to manage a modern police department.  Your coursework will show you the various aspects of the criminal justice system and how to manage it.

Sample courses

  • CRJ 550 – Crime, Law & the Legal System covers how the American justice system works, what causes crime and how the legal system handles criminal behavior. This course teaches you the officers’ place in the legal system as well as how to build a case you can take to court.
  • CRJ 560 – The Media & Political Survival covers the role of the media in modern society and the relationship between journalists and law enforcement officials. This course will help you learn, with real world examples, how to interact with the press and the public.

Affordability and More Information

Tuition and fees for the program are about $18,000 for the 2016-2017 academic year. Scholarships, grants, payment plans and other financial aid may be available to students. Contact the Anderson University Financial Aid Department at (864) 231-2070, or via email at

For more information about the Master of Criminal Justice - Executive Leadership, call (864) 231-5510 or email