PhD Degree Plans

Doctor of Philosophy – Students entering with a Bachelor’s Degree

Credits and Course Load

To satisfy the requirements for candidacy for Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology and Justice Policy, students entering the program with a Bachelor’s degree are required to complete fifty- four (54) semester hours of coursework as well as pass three qualifying examinations. Please see the sample program below for students entering the Ph.D. program with a Bachelor’s Degree.

Doctor of Philosophy – Advanced Standing (Students Entering with a Master’s Degree in Criminology or Criminal Justice)

Credits and Course Load

To satisfy the requirements for candidacy for Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology and Public Policy, students entering the program with a Master’s degree in Criminology or Criminal Justice are required to complete forty-two (42) semester hours of coursework and must pass three qualifying examinations. Students entering the program with a Master’s degree in a related field may petition the Graduate Committee and Graduate Program Director to enter with Advanced Standing. Please see the sample program below for students entering the Ph.D. program with a Master’s Degree.