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The policy of the Doctoral program is to consider students who show considerable promise of succeeding in the program. The Admissions Committee evaluates each applicant's scholastic record, paying attention to previous academic work, results from the GRE, career goals, professional experience and evidence of academic potential.

Consideration for admission into the Ph.D. program is based on the applicant's completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, with a cumulative overall GPA of at least 3.00 (B) on a scale of 4.00. Applicants with a Master's degree should have a 3.50 GPA in their graduate work. Some background in criminal justice and in social or behavioral sciences is preferred, but not absolutely required.

The Ph.D. Program is open to full-time students. A limited number of part-time students will be accepted on an ad hoc basis. We encourage applications from those currently employed in criminal justice and related fields. For specific information about the Criminal Justice program, please contact us at the doctoral program. For information and details about the Policy, Oversight & Administration specialization you may contact the program via email address:

Advanced Standing

Students who have completed graduate work previously (e.g., MA, MA, JD, MPA) may request that 15 credits of that coursework be counted towards the 60 credits of doctoral coursework. (Note: Students in the POA specialization can transfer up to 29 credits of prior graduate coursework).

The transfer credits may be applied toward your degree after the first year of study. It is your responsibility to instruct us when you want the credits reported. The GC requires that all Level change information reach them by September for the fall semester, and early February for the spring semester. Make sure you know the exact date the change needs to be reported to GC, (see the Announcement of Courses booklet) and then give the Program office at least seven business days to meet the deadline.

Visit Us

Located in the heart of Manhattan's West Side, our office is located in John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is within walking distance of a rich and extensive array of cultural and entertainment opportunities that include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and New York's legendary Broadway Theater District.

Directions are as follows:

By Subway:
Take #1, 9, A, B, C, D to 59th Street & Columbus Circle - walk west to Tenth Avenue between 58th & 59th Streets
Take R, N to 57th Street & 7th Avenue - walk west to Tenth Avenue then turn right to 59th Street

Click here to view a subway map

By Bus:
Buses: M-11, M-31, M-57, and M-104

By Car:
From North & South
Take West Side Highway to 56th Street Exit, head east to Tenth Avenue then head north 2 blocks to 899 Tenth Avenue
From East Side
Head west bound on 57th Street to Tenth Avenue, then make a right to 899 Tenth Avenue.