Sample Curriculum

The PhD. in Criminology requires a minimum of 55 hours beyond a Master's degree. In addition to coursework, doctoral students are required to complete two qualifying examinations, an independent research project, a prospectus, a prospectus defense, a dissertation, and a dissertation defense. The 55 hours required for the PhD are:

  1. Core courses (22 hours)    
  2. Elective courses (9 hours)    
  3. Advanced Research (6 hours)    
  4. Dissertation hours (18 hours) (Dissertation hours over 18 will not count toward the total required 55 hours.)

Pre-requisites for the PhD curricula are a completed Master's degree and Master's-level courses in (a) theory, (b) statistics, and (c) research methods. The department's equivalent Master's courses that may be taken to meet these pre-requisites are CCJ 6118, CCJ 6704 and CCJ 6706, respectively.


PhD Program Requirements

Required Courses:

CCJ 6937 Pro Seminar in Criminology (1)    

CCJ 6706 Research Methods II (3)    

CCJ 7010 Theoretical Approaches to Criminal Behavior I (3)    

CCJ 7606 Theoretical Approaches to Criminal Behavior II (3)    

CCJ 6485 Criminal Justice and Public Policy (3)    

CCJ 6707 Quantitative Analysis II (3)    

CCJ 7705 Quantitative Analysis III (3)    

CCJ 7910 Advanced Research (6)    

CCJ 7922 Professional Development Course (2)    

CCJ 7940 Teaching Practicum Course (1)


Graduate-level electives** (9 - 16)


CCJ 7980 Dissertation (18)

**Electives: Students will take 9 to 16 elective hours, depending on the number of hours needed to achieve 55 total degree hours beyond the Master's. At least 9 hours of electives must be in-class electives. (Independent study hours or equivalent do not count as in-class electives.)

Students who enter with a Master's in Criminology or Criminal Justice can take up to 6 hours of electives outside of Criminology; these must be pre-approved by the Graduate Director. Others may take up to 3 hours outside the department (with pre-approval).