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Doctor of Philosophy in Justice Administration

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

The Department of Justice Administration offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Justice Administration. The Ph.D. in Justice Administration 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 credits: 21 credits of core courses, 21 credits of specialization courses, and 12 credits of dissertation research. Students qualify for official candidacy to the Ph.D. by satisfactorily completing all course work and qualifying examinations in the core curriculum.

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 291 (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.


JA 703 Criminal Justice Planning 3
JA 740 Seminar in Crime Prevention and Social Control 3
JA 745 Advanced Theories of Crime and Delinquency 3
JA 748 Seminar in Criminal Justice Program Evaluation 3
JA 751 Computer Applications in Criminal Justice 3
JA 749 Advanced Statistical Analysis 3
JA 750 Field Research 3
JA 799 Dissertation 12
Electives (Minimum of 15 hours from Justice Administration) 21

Minimum total hours



Justice Administration Electives (3 credit hours per course)

JA 602 History of Police in the United States

JA 605 Police in Our Political and Social Systems

JA 607 Law and Justice JA 609 Economic Analysis of Crime

JA 610 Theoretical Foundations of Corrections

JA 611 Critical Issues in Corrections

JA 614 Seminar in Policing

JA 613 Advanced Comparative Criminal Justice

JA 626 Emergency Management

JA 630 Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience

JA 644 Seminar in Juvenile Justice

JA 652 Constitutional Issues in Justice Administration

JA 665 Special Topics in Criminal Justice/Criminology

JA 670 Directed Studies/Readings JA 798 Mentored Research

Departmental Faculty

Vivana Andreescu

Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Louisville. (Criminal Behavior and Research Design.)

Cherie Dawson-Edwards

Associate Professor; Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University (Public Policy & Administration)

J. Price Foster

Professor Emeritus; Ph.D., Florida State University. (Criminology, Juvenile Justice, Ethics, Cross Cultural Perspectives in Criminal Justice.)

Elizabeth Grossi

Associate Professor; Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania. (Corrections and Criminology.)

George E. Higgins

Professor; Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania. (Criminological Theory Testing, Advanced Quantitative Analysis, and Cybercrime.)

Thomas Hughes

Associate Professor; J.D., University of Dayton, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati. (Policing, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law.)

Deborah G. Keeling

Professor & Department Chair; Ph.D., Purdue University. (Corrections, Program Evaluation, International Policing.)

Eric S. McCord

Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Temple University. (Law Enforcement, Crime Pattern Analysis, Crime Prevention through Environmental Design)

Kristin Swartz

Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Cincinnati. (Victimization, Schools and Crime, Corrections.)

Richard Tewksbury

Professor; Ph.D., Ohio State University. (Deviant Behavior, Qualitative Methods.)

Gennaro Vito

Professor, Vice Chair; Ph.D., Ohio State University. (Research Methods, Statistics, Capital Punishment.)

William F. Walsh

Professor Emeritus; Ph.D., Fordham University. (Police Leadership & Administration, Criminal Justice Issues, & Law Enforcement Personnel)

Contact Information

Justice Administration - Ph.D.

Deborah G. Keeling, Ph.D.
Department of Justice Administration
Brigman Hall

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