Ph.D. in Criminology and Justice Policy

A Research-oriented and Practice-oriented Doctoral Program

The doctoral program in Criminology and Justice Policy is student-centered, with the goal of preparing students for academic careers as well as careers in research and policy development. Students of this full-time, fully-funded Ph.D. program complete the degree in five years on average. Additionally, Ph.D. students are offered several benefits throughout their studies, including:

• Possibilities for generous, full-year funding packages
• Extensive summer research opportunities for students
• Flex fellowship: one semester off from graduate assistantship responsibilities
• Experiential and dissertation completion fellowships

Criminal Justice PhD students and faculty

In keeping with Northeastern’s long-standing, practice-oriented approach to education, the Ph.D. in Criminology and Justice Policy links students to city, regional, and national agencies. Students gain valuable experience working with practitioners through faculty who collaborate with policy-makers via grant-work. Students are encouraged to apply skills obtained through the Ph.D. program to practice.


Our doctoral program is strongly committed to producing the next generation of research-productive scholars. Coursework, qualifying examinations, and dissertation structure are geared toward providing students with the theoretical, methodological, quantitative, qualitative, and practical skills needed to obtain top-tier academic positions in the discipline. Students also work with faculty to individualize their courses of study within existing frameworks to fulfill career aspirations.



Gregory Zimmerman, Graduate Program Director | 617.373.7065

Photo of Rebecca Cudmore, Alumna

"For my PhD, I specifically looked for programs that would merge my background in forensic psychology with my interest in engaging in criminal justice research and policy work."

– Rebecca Cudmore, PhD in Criminology and Justice Policy
on attending Northeastern University

Through individual interviews, we created Student Pathways to demonstrate the variety of possible paths available. See what previous students thought of the criminal justice program at Northeastern, including an inside look at co-op experiences, favorite courses, influential professors, transformative coursework, and much more.