Ph.D. in Criminology and Justice Policy

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University offers a Ph.D. in Criminology and Justice Policy. This program prepares students for academic careers as well as careers in research and policy development. The program is small and student-centered with the goal of preparing students for academic and policy placements. Students of this full-time Ph.D. program who are entering with a bachelor’s degree will be able to complete the program in five years while students entering with a master’s degree will be able to complete the program in four years.

Research Oriented

The Doctoral Program in Criminology and Justice Policy 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. Additionally, students work with faculty members to individualize their courses of study within existing frameworks to fulfill career aspirations.


In keeping with Northeastern’s long-standing, practice-oriented approach to education, the PhD 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 PhD program to practice.