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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 of New York.

Required Courses
There are 8 core courses: Criminological Theory I and II (70300, 70400), Research Methods I and II (70100,70300), Statistics I and II (70000, 70200), Proseminar (76100), Criminal Justice Process and Policy I  (70500). 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 generally completed at the end of the first academic year and are based on the core courses.

Elective and transfer credits
In addition to the core requirements, students must complete 34 credits of elective courses. One of these courses must be an advanced methodological course or an advanced statistical course. Students can transfer up to 15 credits from a higher degree (e.g., M.A., MPhil, J.D.), upon approval from the program.

Learning Outcomes
The learning outcomes that students in our program are expected to attain through their studies include:

  • Knowledge of key theories and core areas of scholarship for understanding crime and justice.
  • An understanding of different research designs, including their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Comprehension of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods of data analysis.
  • Familiarity with ethics of research and professional conduct.
  • The ability to professionally discuss, present and generally assess scholarship within their area of specialization, both orally and in writing.
  • Skills to recognize and apply concepts of diversity and inclusion in professional, and community endeavors.
  • The capability to evaluate the roles of diverse social groups regarding their interaction in the criminal justice system.
  • A capacity to conduct original research, including the dissertation proposal, publishable papers, and the dissertation, and
  • Experience in teaching undergraduate courses.