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The Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice was started in 1981 and has since grown into one of the premier Criminal Justice Ph.D. programs in the U.S.  The Program offers an interdisciplinary education in the field of Criminology and Criminal Justice. It prepares students for careers of research, scholarship and teaching. In addition to the general Criminology and Criminal Justice course of study, the program offers a unique specialization in Policy, Oversight and Administration (POA).

Students in the Criminology and Criminal Justice program receive rigorous training in Criminological Theory, Criminal Justice Process and Policy, Research Methods and Statistics. The program offers electives in these areas as well as International and Comparative Criminal Justice, Sociology, and more. The POA specialization focuses on policy analysis, and evaluation in Criminal Justice.  The PhD program requires at least 60 credits of coursework with two exams. It culminates in a dissertation in the area of a student's interest.

The faculty of the Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice include professors trained in a wide range of academic disciplines, including Criminology, Criminal Justice, Anthropology, History, Law, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Administration, Psychology and Sociology. Our faculty have received grants from the National Institute of Health, Department of Homeland Security, National Institute of Justice, National Science Foundation, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Guggenheim Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and other federal agencies and leading foundations.