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

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 a unique specialization in policy, oversight and administration. The PhD program requires at least 60 credits of coursework with two exams. 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 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. 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.