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Course Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy at CUNY

A minimum of 60 credits of approved graduate work is required. Some of these credits are required (core) courses, and the remainder are elective. Elective courses are chosen by the student, under the guidance of a faculty mentor, from a wide range of criminal justice graduate courses or approved courses taught in other doctoral programs of the City University.

Criminal Justice Doctoral Students must take an advanced methodological technique or statistical method course.

General Course Requirements
Core Curriculum – Criminology and Criminal Justice

Students in the criminal justice doctoral program must complete courses in the core curriculum with a B average or better. There are 8 core courses, which are 4 credits each: Criminological Theory I and II (70300, 70400), Criminal Justice Process and Policy I and II (70500, 70600), Research Methods I and II (70100,70300) and Statistics I and II (70000, 70200). Students who do not receive a grade of B or better in these core courses will be reviewed by the Executive Committee and may be dropped from the program or required to complete additional coursework in those areas. Qualifying exams (the “first exam”) are completed at the end of the first academic year and are based on information in the core courses.

Elective and transfer credits

In addition to the core requirements, students must complete 28 credits of elective courses. One of these courses must be an advanced methodological course or an advanced statistical course. On the second year students can transfer up to 15 credits from a higher degree (e.g., M.A., MPhil, J.D.), upon approval from the Executive Officer. Students can take up to 1 Independent Studies upon approval of the Executive Officer. The Independent Study courses cannot be directly related to the dissertation (e.g., a chapter of the dissertation) and must result in a specific end product (e.g., a journal article to be submitted for publication).

Criminal Justice PhD Program’s Learning Goals.

Forensic Science

The forensic science specialization requires the completion of 60 suitable graduate credits beyond the B.S. degree or at least 30 appropriate credits beyond the M.S. degree. Transcripts of all entering students will be evaluated on an individual basis. For prospective students who hold an M.S. degree, more than 30 additional credits may be required, depending on the appropriateness of the credits transferred. Two courses in the core curriculum are required (for forensic science students): CRJ 70800 and 70900. Course work in forensic science is planned in consultation with doctoral faculty who teach in that area.

Criminal Justice PhD Program’s Forensic Science Learning Goals.

Policy, Oversight and Administration

Students are required to complete a master’s degree related to Criminal Justice or Public Administration prior to entering this program. Students take core courses in the following areas: Criminology and Public Policy, Criminal Justice Process and Policy I and II, Research Methods, Statistics I, and Advanced Policy Analysis. Elective courses focus on the prevention, detection, and investigation of public sector, independent sector, corporate, and commercial corruption, misconduct, organization dysfunction and avoidable injury and loss, and the application of advanced research methods to the assessment and implementation of policies related to those objectives.

Criminal Justice PhD Program’s Policy Oversight & Administration (POA) Learning Goals.