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A Few Facts about CUNY and the Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice

The Graduate School and University Center of The City University of New York was founded in 1961. The Graduate Center is the doctoral-granting institution of the third largest urban university in the U.S. The Graduate Center offers 34 doctoral program as well as several masters’ programs. It is the only consortium of its kind in the nation. The Graduate Center draws its faculty of more than 1,700 members primarily from the CUNY senior colleges throughout New York City. The Graduate Center is located at 365 Fifth Ave @ 34th Street in Manhattan, housed in a landmark building that has been designed to accommodate the particular need of doctoral-level studies and research.

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.

The Program offers an interdisciplinary education in the field of criminology and criminal justice. It prepares students for careers of research, scholarship and teaching. In addition to the general criminology and criminal justice course of study, the program offers two unique specializations: forensic science and policy, oversight and administration. The PhD 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.

Students in the criminology and criminal justice program 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, forensic psychology, sociology, social psychology, juvenile justice, and more. The program in forensic science offers courses on criminalistics, spectroscopy, toxicology, serology and genetic-marker identification, with state-of-the-art equipment available for such training. The policy, oversight and administration program focuses on policy analysis, implementation and assessment in criminal justice and related fields.

The faculty of the Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice include 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. The forensic science specialization is taught by a combination of professors of biology, biochemistry and chemistry. While classes in the program are held at John Jay College, students may also take courses in other related doctoral programs of the CUNY Graduate Center.

Research Facilities. Centers, Institutes, and Research groups at the Graduate School are varied and provide extraordinary research opportunities. The Graduate School's Mina Rees Library collection consists of more than 260,000 volumes. There are about 494,000 microforms (microfiche and reels of microfilm), more than 220,000 art slides, numerous scores, and 2,094 sound recordings. The library system of the City University of New York includes the libraries of all the CUNY colleges, which house more than 6 million volumes and 29,000 currently received periodicals in a variety of languages. The central building of the New York Public Library, located just a few blocks from the Graduate Center, provides more than 6 million volumes of information for reference use.

Program Timeline to Degree

Criminal Justice PhD Program Timeline to Degree
Criminal Justics PhD Forensic Science Timeline to Degree
Criminal Justice PhD Policy Oversight & Administration (POA) Full-Time
Criminal Justice PhD Policy Oversight & Administration (POA) Part-Time

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