Each year, students applying to the Doctoral Program in Criminology become part of the admissions pool. To become eligible for the admissions pool, candidates for admission must meet the minimum standards noted below. Because the number of admissions is limited, only the most qualified candidates in each admissions pool shall be accepted to the Ph.D. program in Criminology.
Minimum Standards for Eligibility
- A master's degree from a regionally accredited university or college and a GPA of at least 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale) during their graduate study.
- A score of 153 Verbal (53rd percentile), 144 Quantitative (18th percentile) or higher on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) to be competitive. All applicants must submit GRE scores. GRE test scores must have been earned within five (5) years of the desired term of entry.
Applicants will be selected for admission on a competitive basis based on the following:
- GPA for all previous academic work at institutions of higher education.
- Verbal and Quantitative scores on the GRE.
- Three (3) letters of recommendation speaking to the applicant's academic capabilities. (Letters from professors are preferred).
- A statement of purpose detailing applicant's (a) reasons for seeking a Ph.D. degree in criminology, (b) research interests, and (c) future career plans.
- A sample of written work providing evidence of the applicant's academic abilities. If an applicant has completed a master's thesis, this should be submitted.
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International students should be aware that the Department of Criminology requires a course-by-course evaluation of all transcripts. Details can be found here.
International students from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate proof of English language proficiency. Click here for details.
Please note that the Department of Criminology will only waive the proof of English proficiency requirement for international students from non-English speaking countries, who have earned a four-year degree in the United States.
More information on international applications can be found at: Office of Admissions
For more information, please contact:Dr. Ráchael Powers Graduate Director (813) 974-9531 Send email Mailing Address: Department of Criminology - SOC 107 University of South Florida 4202 E. Fowler Ave. Tampa, Florida 33620-8100