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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, and 12 credit hours 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 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.


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

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 and 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 and 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 798 Mentored Research

Departmental Faculty

Vivana Andreescu

Associate 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 & Sciences

Eric S. McCord

Assistant Professor

Kristin Swartz

Assistant Professor

Richard Tewksbury


Gennaro Vito

Department Chair

William F. Walsh

Professor Emeritus


Contact Information

Criminal Justice - Ph.D.

George E. Higgins, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Criminal Justice
Brigman Hall 208

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