Criminal Justice & Criminology, P.h.D.

The Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and Criminology program is designed to train researchers and teacher-scholars in criminal justice and criminology. The program provides intensive one-on-one mentorship, a flexible curriculum, and core teaching and research skills that enable graduates to excel in university settings as well as research think tanks. Current and former doctoral students are involved in presenting their research at regional and national conferences. Faculty members in the department have involved doctoral students in their research projects, resulting in numerous publications with students. In addition, graduate students help plan and attend research colloquia and participate in student governance.

Criminal Justice & Criminology, P.h.D.

Andrew Young School of Policy Studies


The program is comprised of three primary components

  • Required Courses (24 hours)
  • Elective Courses (12 hours)
  • Directed Work (18 hours)

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Students admitted to the doctoral program in criminal justice and criminology are typically offered a graduate assistantship that includes a yearly stipend of $18,000 and a full tuition waiver.

By completing the requirements of the doctoral program, students become knowledgeable of the substantive areas of criminology (knowledge about the extent and causes of crime) and the criminal justice system (society’s response to crime). In addition to general knowledge of these areas, they will also acquire advanced knowledge in one or more areas of specialization within criminology or criminal justice (e.g., policing, victimization, criminological theory). Students also learn to apply appropriate and sophisticated analytical techniques necessary to conduct original research in criminology and criminal justice. In addition, our doctoral students are socialized into the related roles of scholarship, teaching and service. At graduation, students who successfully complete the doctoral program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate  scholarly expertise in one or more specialty areas within the field of criminal justice or criminology.
  2. Develop and apply advanced conceptual and technical skills to conduct high-quality, independent research.
  3. Teach graduate and undergraduate courses in criminology and criminal justice.