Criminology and Criminal Justice, PhD

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The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University offers an on-campus program of coursework and research leading to the PhD in criminology and criminal justice.

This program emphasizes criminal justice theory, research and policy and is designed to produce highly skilled criminology and criminal justice faculty and agency researchers and administrators.

The doctoral program is organized around five components: a comprehensive examination, a core of required courses in research methods and analytical techniques, a core of required courses in theory and research on crime and the criminal justice system, a dissertation and elective courses in criminology, criminal justice and related fields.

Program offered

Criminology and Criminal Justice, PhD

Offered by
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application deadline

January 1st each year for Fall admission only

Program requirements

The doctoral program in criminology and criminal justice includes a minimum of 72 credit hours of coursework and 12 credit hours (and only 12) of dissertation. A maximum of 30 credit hours of coursework from a previously awarded master's degree or JD may, with the approval of the supervisory committee, be applied toward the doctoral plan of study.

Each student is required to complete coursework in two core areas. This includes six credit hours of coursework in theory and research on crime and the criminal justice system and nine credit hours of coursework on research methods and analytical techniques. Elective courses comprise the remainder of the coursework required for the doctorate. All students must demonstrate proficiency in research design as well as quantitative and qualitative methods.

Required Core (15 credit hours)
CRJ 601 Seminar on Criminological Theory (3)
CRJ 602 Seminar on Criminal Justice Policies and Practices (3)
CRJ 603 Advanced Research Design (3)
CRJ 604 Advanced Statistical Analysis (3)
CRJ 605 Topics in Quantitative Methods (3)

Electives (27 credit hours)
Students choose a minimum of nine courses in consultation with the supervisory committee (27).

Other Requirements (30 credit hours)
credit hours for coursework from master's degree or JD (30)

Culminating Experience (12 credit hours)
dissertation (12)

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