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A minimum of 60 credits of approved graduate work is required. Some of these credits are required (core) courses, and the remainder are elective. Elective courses are chosen by the student, under the guidance of a faculty mentor, from a wide range of criminal justice graduate courses or approved courses taught in other doctoral programs of the City University of New York.

Required Courses
There are 8 core courses: Criminological Theory I and II (70300, 70400), Criminal Justice Process and Policy I and II (70500, 70600), Research Methods I and II (70100,70300) and Statistics I and II (70000, 70200). Students who do not receive a grade of B or better in these core courses will be reviewed by the Executive Committee and may be dropped from the program or required to complete additional coursework in those areas. Qualifying exams (the “first exam”) are completed at the end of the first academic year and are based on the core courses.

Elective and transfer credits
In addition to the core requirements, students must complete 28 credits of elective courses. One of these courses must be an advanced methodological course or an advanced statistical course. Second year students can transfer up to 15 credits from a higher degree (e.g., M.A., MPhil, J.D.), upon approval from the Executive Officer.

Criminal Justice PhD Program’s Learning Goals.