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The Ph.D. Program in Criminal Justice offers an interdisciplinary education in the field of criminology and criminal justice. It prepares students for careers of research, scholarship and teaching. The program also offers a part-time oversight and administration (POA) specialization.

The Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice was started in 1981 and has since grown into one of the premier criminal justice Ph.D. programs in the U.S. The majority of courses for the CUNY Ph.D. in Criminal Justice are taught at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice campus located in the heart of New York City.

Curriculum

Students receive rigorous training in criminological theory, criminal justice process and policy, research methods and statistics. The program offers electives in these areas as well as international and comparative criminal justice, sociology,  juvenile justice, and more.

The Ph.D. program requires at least 60 credits of coursework with three comprehensive examinations. It culminates in a dissertation in the area of a student's interest. While classes in the program are held at John Jay College, students may also take courses in other related doctoral programs of the Graduate Center.

Specializations

In addition to the general criminology and criminal justice course of study, the program offers a part-time policy, oversight and administration (POA) specialization. The policy, oversight and administration program focuses on policy analysis, implementation and assessment in criminal justice and related fields.

Faculty

The faculty of the Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice includes professors trained in a wide range of academic disciplines, including criminology, criminal justice, anthropology, history, law, philosophy, political science, public administration, mathematics, psychology and sociology.

Doctoral students work with leading criminal justice researchers on a number of ongoing data collection efforts and research projects. Recently, faculty have received grants from the National Institute of Health, Department of Homeland Security, National Institute of Justice, National Science Foundation, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Guggenheim Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and other federal agencies and leading foundations.

Contact Us

Deborah Koetzle

Executive Officer
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59 Street
New York, NY 10019

Brian Lawton

Deputy Executive Officer
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59 Street
New York, NY 10019

Shari Rodriguez-Vasquez

Assistant Program Officer
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59 Street
New York, NY 10019

Thomas Kubic

Deputy Executive Officer for Forensic Science Specialization
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59 Street
New York, NY 10019

Karin Martin

Deputy Executive Officer for Policy, Oversight & Administration Specialization
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59 Street
New York, NY 10019