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. Through our curriculum, students learn the process of research from the ground-up. Our courses teach students to construct viable research questions through qualitative and quantitative analysis, write scholarly research articles, and create technical reports appropriate for policy consumption.
Additionally, Ph.D. students are offered several benefits throughout their studies, including:
Possibilities for generous, full-year funding packages
Extensive summer research opportunities
Flex fellowship: one semester off from graduate assistantship responsibilities
Doctoral students secure prestigious positions after graduation, including tenure-track professorships at Tier 1 research universities, post-doctoral fellowships, and research-and-policy-relevant agency employment.
Recent career outcomes:
Florida State University, Assistant Professor
Massachusetts Appeals Court, Staff Attorney
New York University, Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Chicago, Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Montana, Assistant Professor
University of Nebraska Omaha, Assistant Professor
Apply acquired foundational knowledge in the field of criminology and justice policy to answer questions in the realm of criminology and justice policy.
Identify and describe the role of systemic racism and intersecting dimensions of oppression in the development of policies and practices across the criminal justice system, as well as in crime and justice theory and research.
Critique the knowledge base in a specific domain within the field of criminology and justice policy to demonstrate advanced mastery of theoretical explanations for crime, its causes and consequences.
Design and carry out original research using methodological tools acquired to develop new theoretical or empirical insights and expand the knowledge base in the field of criminology and justice policy.