Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice

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The Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice at The Graduate Center, City University of New York is housed at John Jay College. The program offers an interdisciplinary education in the field of criminology and criminal justice. It prepares students for careers of research, scholarship and teaching. The program also offers two unique specializations: forensic science (FS) and policy, oversight and administration (POA). The PhD program requires at least 60 credits of coursework, including at least 5 courses in statistics and research methods. Students are required to pass four qualifying comprehensive exams in criminological theory, research methods, criminal justice process and policy, and statistics. It culminates in a dissertation in the area of a student's interest.

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, forensic psychology, terrorism, sociology, social psychology, juvenile justice, and more. The FS program offers courses on criminalistics, spectroscopy, toxicology, serology and genetic-marker identification, with state-of-the-art equipment available for such training. The POA program focuses on policy analysis, implementation and assessment in criminal justice and related fields.

The Doctoral Program’s faculty include professors trained in a wide range of academic disciplines, including criminology, criminal justice, anthropology, history, law, philosophy, political science, public administration, mathematics, psychology and sociology. The forensic science specialization is taught by a combination of professors of biology, biochemistry and chemistry. While classes in the program are held at John Jay College, students may also take courses in other related doctoral programs of the CUNY Graduate Center.

The doctoral program admits up to 12 full-time and up to 4 part-time students each year, with courses offered in the late afternoon or evening.  Since full-time students take a rigorous set of required classes in their first year, they are not employed outside during the first year of study.  Full-time students are offered a full stipend of $25,000 and full tuition for at least the first five years of their studies.  Individuals who expect to remain employed in criminal justice or related fields but have already completed master's degrees are encouraged to apply for part-time admission.

For additional information about the Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice and application instructions, call 212.237.8988, email: crjphd@jjay.cuny.edu, or click here.

For more information about the forensic science specialization, call 212.237.6891 or email Thomas Kubic at  tkubic@jjay.cuny.edu.

For more information about the policy, oversight, and administration specialization, email crjpoa@jjay.cuny.edu.