The Ph.D. Program in Criminal Justice admits students who show promise of succeeding in our 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, at minimum, a 3.50 GPA in their graduate work. A background in social or behavioral sciences is preferred, but not required.

The Ph.D. program typically admits up to eight full-time students each year. In addition, we admit up to five Individuals who maintain full-time employment in fields relevant to criminal justice while they complete their studies. These individuals must have already completed master's degrees.



The deadline to apply to the Ph.D. Program in Criminal Justice is January 1st of each year. All application materials must be received by this deadline.

Application materials should be submitted to The Graduate Center Office of Admissions (not John Jay College).

Applications require submission of the following:

  • An application form 
    On this form, please be sure to select either the full-tuition and stipend or in-state tuition only track
  • Academic Transcripts

Submission of GRE scores
- GRE scores must be submitted to The Graduate Center Office of Admissions: code 2113
- GRE scores are valid for 5 years. GRE scores older than 5 years will not be accepted
- International students must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, unless they have a post-secondary degree from an institution in which the language of instruction is English-only and located in a country that recognizes English as an Official Language
- Plan ahead - allow time for GRE scores to be received by the deadline

  • A personal statement
    - that Indicates your interest in program, research experience, and future academic and career plans/goals
  • Writing Sample
    2 letters of recommendation, preferably from Professors or academic supervisors
    - It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure recommenders submit letters by the deadline*
  • CV/Resume


Please review our Program FAQs for more on admissions.