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Thank you for your interest in USC Upstate’s Palmetto College Criminal Justice degree completion program.
The Palmetto College prgoram allows you to complete a bachelor’s degree without leaving your job, family, or community. All criminal justice coursework is available 100% online using Blackboard, a web-based learning management software. To be successful in this program, students are required to have access to a computer with reliable internet connectivity. Please see the
Technical Requirements document for additional software requirements. In addition, many student support services are available via distance methods (phone, email, web conferencing software like Skype, Internet support sites). Finally, all students will have a dedicated academic advisor to help them successfully progress through the admissions process to graduation.
The Criminal Justice program at the University of South Carolina Upstate is designed to provide present and future criminal justice professionals with the educational background necessary to be successful in a criminal justice career, graduate school or law school.
Criminal Justice majors complete a course of study that includes crime, offenders, courts, policing, corrections and victims. The program is concerned with both theory and practice.
Students applying to the Palmetto College Criminal Justice degree completion program at USC Upstate should have a minimum GPA of 2.00 and approximately 60 transferable hours, which include the majority of the general education courses.
Please refer to the
program check sheet for a detailed list of requirements. To review the transferability of course work from the South Carolina Technical Colleges, refer to the
Transfer Guide for South Carolina Technical Colleges as well as the
individual transfer articulation agreements. If you have any questions about course transferability, please contact the program coordinator at
Due to the nature of this degree, we ask that you contact the program coordinator for an informal review prior to completing the USC Upstate Admissions Application. Please email a copy of your transcript(s) to
firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line – “Informal Review for Palmetto College Criminal Justice.” The program coordinator will be in touch regarding the next steps in the application process.
Based on your eligibility as determined during the informal review, please follow these steps to apply:
Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. Please complete the
FAFSA to detrmine your eligibility. USC Upstate’s Title IV School Code is 006951. Please contact
Financial Aid for more information.
Upon admittance to the Palmetto College program, students attend a virtual orientation on Blackboard and have a one-on-one phone appointment for advising and registration with the program academic advisor.
For more information, please contact the program coordinator at
No, you are a student of the University of South Carolina Upstate. Although we are a senior comprehensive campus of the University of South Carolina system, we are a separate university conferring our own degrees. Go Spartans!
Your transcript and diploma are issued by the Columbia campus Registrar. Both will list the University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina Upstate. The Palmetto College is an internal administrative unit of the University system, not a separate degree granting institution. Think of it in the same terms as the College of Arts and Sciences or the Darla Moore School of Business, for example.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice offered by USC Upstate is
fully accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Graduates of the program are USC Upstate alumni, and as such, we encourage your continued involvement with the University. Visit the
Alumni page to learn more.
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