Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice

Major: ADJ_ PHD
Degree Awarded: Ph.D.
Unit: GA
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Program Information

The Department of Criminal Justice offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice. The Ph.D. in Criminal Justice is a degree that prepares graduates for careers in academic (e.g., teaching and research) as well as public sector (e.g., research, policy analysis and development, planning, program development and evaluation) organizations.

The program consists of a core curriculum and electives that students may use to develop their particular areas of specialization. The core provides a broad orientation and the electives enable students to develop expertise in a particular field. The curriculum includes 54 credit hours: 21 credit hours of core courses, 21 credit hours of specialization courses which includes a 6 credit hour qualifying project, and 12 credit hours of dissertation research. Students qualify for official candidacy to the Ph.D. by satisfactorily completing all course work in the core curriculum and their qualifying project.

Admission requirements include: completed application form, transcripts of previous undergraduate and graduate study, Graduate Record Examination scores, three letters of recommendation, personal statement, writing sample and curriculum vita or resume. Additionally, applicants must show evidence, on their transcript, of the completion of both graduate-level statistics and research methods courses.  Minimum GRE scores of 1000 (old system) or 296 (current system) and a minimum graduate GPA of 3.25 are required. Those applicants whose native language is not English and who do not hold a degree from a university where the language of instruction is English must also submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language, with a minimum score of 80 on the Internet-based test and a minimum of 500 (old system ) or 144 (current system) on the quantitative portion of the GRE.

Both full and part-time study is permitted. Part-time students are required to meet residency requirements consisting of 4 continuous semesters of enrollment and participation in departmental activities offered to meet the need for scholarly integration and academic immersion in the program.


Credit Hours
CJ 745 Advanced Criminal Behavior
CJ 748 Seminar:  CJ Program Planning and Evaluation3
CJ 749 Advanced Statistical Analysis3
CJ 750 Field Research
CJ 751 Computer Applications in Criminal Justice
CJ 752 Advanced Research Methods3
CJ 799 Dissertation12
Electives (To include a 6 hour Criminal Justice qualifying project; electives outside the department must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies)24

Minimum total credit hours


Criminal Justice Electives (3 credit hours per course)

CJ 602 History of Police in the United States
CJ 605 Police in Our Political and Social Systems
CJ 606 Personnel Management in the CJ System
CJ 607 Law and Justice
CJ 609 Economic Analysis of Crime
CJ 610 Theoretical Foundations of Corrections
CJ 611 Critical Issues in Corrections
CJ 612 Criminal Justice Admin: Police
CJ 613 Advanced Comparative Criminal Justice
CJ 614 Seminar in Policing
CJ 626 Emergency Management
CJ 630 Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience
CJ 644 Seminar in Juvenile Justice
CJ 652 Constitutional Issues in Criminal Justice
CJ 653 Communities in Crime
CJ 655 International Perspectives on Violence
CJ 656 Crime Mapping
CJ 665 Special Topics in Criminal Justice/Criminology
CJ 670 Directed Studies/Readings
CJ 690 Practicum
CJ 740 Seminar in Crime Prevention and Social Control
CJ 798 Mentored Research


Vivana Andreescu

Associate Professor

Bradley A. Campbell

Assistant Professor

Cherie Dawson-Edwards

Associate Professor

J. Price Foster

Professor Emeritus

Elizabeth Grossi

Associate Professor

George E. Higgins

Director of Graduate Studies

Thomas Hughes

Associate Professor

Deborah G. Keeling

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences

Eric S. McCord

Assistant Professor

Justin Nix

Assistant Professor

Kristin Swartz

Assistant Professor

Richard Tewksbury


Gennaro Vito


William F. Walsh

Professor Emeritus