Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice

Major: JA 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: 18 credit hours of core courses, 24 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 coursework in the core curriculum and their qualifying project.

Admission requirements include: completed application form, transcripts of previous undergraduate and graduate study, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, three letters of recommendation, personal statement, writing sample and curriculum vitae or resume. Additionally, applicants must show evidence, on their transcript, of the completion of both graduate-level statistics and research methods courses.

The Department of Criminal Justice is committed to providing an opportunity to a diverse range of students. The holistic review of applications allows our faculty to select the best students who fit the research areas offered within the department. Application information that highly influences the decision to offer admission includes the previous institution attended, research interests, grade point average, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, personal statements and resumes, and the experience, background or qualities that make the applicant eligible for admission.

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 (TOEFL), with a minimum score of 80 on the Internet-based test (iBT) or 213 paper-based test (PBT) or 550 (old test).

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.


Course # Description
Credit Hours
CJ 745    Advanced Theories of Crime & Delinquency3
CJ 748    Seminar: CJ Program Planning and Evaluation3
CJ 749    Advanced Statistical Analysis3
CJ 750    Field Research3
CJ 751    Computer Applications in Criminal Justice3
CJ 752    Advanced Research Methods3
CJ 799    Dissertation12

Electives (To include a 6 hour Criminal Justice qualifying project; other electives

outside the department must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies)


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 627    Computer & Cyber Crime
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 795    Criminal Justice Qualifying Project-CGE
CJ 798    Mentored Research


Viviana Andreescu

Associate Professor

Bradley A. Campbell

Assistant Professor

Cherie Dawson-Edwards

Associate Professor

Benjamin Fisher

Assistant 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

Michael Losavio

Assistant Professor

Kristin Swartz

Assistant Professor

Richard Tewksbury


Angela Thielo

Assistant Professor

Gennaro Vito


William F. Walsh

Professor Emeritus